Donovan Gets 400th Win
|monday men's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
|Florida 96, Stetson 70
|Xavier 82, Vanderbilt 70 OT
|Auburn 72, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 59
|Oakland 89, Tennessee 81
|Colorado 70, Georgia 68
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Florida's Billy Donovan earned his 400th career coaching victory as the Gators rode a 16-point halftime lead to a 96-70 win over Stetson on Monday night.
Bradley Beal had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Erving Walker added 21 to lead the Gators (5-1) in the neutral court matchup at Amway Center. The Hatters (3-3) were led by Chris Perez with 20 points.
Stetson stayed close early on before a 23-4 Gators' run midway through the first half blew the game open. Florida (No. 9 ESPN/USA Today, No. 10 AP) relied on its outside shooting during the spurt, knocking down eight 3-pointers in the half and 14 for the game.
Florida is off until Friday when they travel to face Syracuse (No. 3 ESPN/USA Today, No. 4 AP). The Hatters open Atlantic Sun play by hosting East Tennessee State Thursday.
Xavier Defeats Vanderbilt In OT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tu Holloway scored eight of his 24 points in overtime and No. 11 Xavier rallied from 10 down to beat Vanderbilt 82-70 on Monday night.
This was the first game against a ranked opponent for both Vanderbilt (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 20 AP) and Xavier, the five-time Atlantic 10 champ. The Commodores, picked to finish second in the Southeastern Conference, had the advantage of being at home in cozy Memorial Gym in front of a soldout crowd.
For the Musketeers, this was their first road game. They still found a way to improve to 5-0 for the best start yet under Chris Mack in his third season.
Xavier trailed by as much as 10. The Musketeers scored the final four points of regulation, including Mark Lyons' short jumper with 6.5 seconds left to force overtime. Wells hit two free throws, and Holloway knocked down two 3-pointers to cap a 12-0 run ending with 2:27 remaining in overtime that put Xavier up 74-66.
Lyons had 19 points for Xavier, and Travis Taylor added 11.
John Jenkins led Vanderbilt (5-2) with 20 points. Lance Goulbourne and Jeffery Taylor had 18 apiece. The Commodores went cold after Jenkins' 3 with 3:56 left put Vandy up 66-62. They didn't score again until Jenkins' jumper with 2:17 left in overtime.
Vandy had two chances to pull out the victory in regulation.
Andre Walker, who spent his first four years at Vandy before graduating in May and transferring to Xavier, guarded Jenkins who forced up a short jumper with 12 seconds left that missed. Walker got the rebound up to Lyons who raced downcourt for the tying bucket.
Vandy had the last shot in regulation. Tinsley had the ball knocked away, and Goulbourne threw up a shot that clanked off the backboard and off the rim.
The Musketeers outrebounded Vanderbilt 54-33 and outscored the Commodores 22-8 off turnovers. They also had a big edge at the free throw line (20 of 27) compared to Vandy (9 of 12), and they hit all eight during overtime.
Xavier also had 7-footer Kenny Frease with Vanderbilt center Festus Ezeli still out with a sprained right knee. The Commodores tried defending him with Steve Tchiengang, who is 3 inches shorter and 35 pounds lighter. Tchiengang fouled out in overtime. Frease finished with six points and four rebounds in only 20 minutes due to foul trouble.
The game turned into a track meet with a combined 15 steals.
The Musketeers hit four of their first five shots in grabbing their biggest lead at 8-3 until overtime. Vanderbilt led 34-29 at halftime and by as much as 10 in the second half, the last at 46-36 with 15:37 left on a dunk by Taylor.
Xavier got right back in the game 10 quick points in a spurt keyed by three steals, two by Lyons. Holloway had a shot blocked by Dai-Jon Parker who blocked another before officials called goaltending on Travis Taylor's bucket with 11:51 remaining for a 52-51 lead -- the Musketeers' first since 6:35 of the first half.
Auburn Moves To 4-0
AUBURN, Ala. -- Chris Denson scored 17 points and Auburn used a 3-point barrage in the first half to ease past Arkansas-Pine Bluff 72-59 Monday night.
Denson hit 3 of 4 from long range. Kenny Gabriel had 16 points -- knocking down 2 of 4 3-pointers -- eight rebounds and five blocks, while Frankie Sullivan went 3 of 3 from long range with 14 points for the Tigers (4-0).
Auburn put the game away in the final 3:25 of the first half with a 20-2 run to take a 44-25 lead into halftime. Auburn hit seven straight shots during the spree, including five from 3-point range, with a Gabriel 3 with two seconds left capping off the run.
The Tigers shot 8 of 11 (72.7 percent) from 3-point range in the first half and finished 9 of 15 (60 percent) for the game.
Savalace Townsend led the Golden Lions (1-4) with 24 points.
Georgia Falls At Colorado, 70-68
BOULDER, Colo. -- Andre Roberson had 15 points and 15 rebounds, Spencer Dinwiddie scored 16 points and Colorado beat Georgia 70-68 on Monday night.
Asika Booker scored 14 points and Carlon Brown had 10 points for the Buffaloes (4-2), who extended their non-conference home win streak to 26.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 15 points and Gerald Robinson 14 for the Bulldogs (4-3), who have lost three of their last four.
Colorado came out aggressive to start the second half, hitting five of their first six shots to take a 45-39 lead with 15:57 remaining.
Roberson converted a three-point play, Nate Tomlinson hit a 3-pointer and Shane Harris-Tunks made a layup to give the Buffaloes a 62-52 lead with 3:52 left.
The Bulldogs rallied late to cut the lead to three with 4.5 seconds left, but a free throw by Booker sealed the win.
Tennessee Falls At Oakland
ROCHESTER, Mich. -- Reggie Hamilton scored 35 points Monday night as Oakland, Mich., beat Tennessee 89-81.
Drew Valentine added 15 points, Laval Lucas-Perry 14 and Travis Bader 13 for Oakland (4-2).
Jordan McRae led the Volunteers (3-3) with 25. Cameron Tatum had 19.
Last season the Golden Grizzlies beat the then-seventh-ranked Volunteers 89-82 in Knoxville -- Oakland's first win over a Top 10 team. Tennessee joins Oregon as the only major-conference programs to lose twice to Oakland since its move to Division I in 1999.
Oakland led 62-52 with 10:15 to play, but the Volunteers scored the next seven. Hamilton answered with a 3-pointer and a layup to move the margin to eight, and the Grizzlies got a break when Kenny Hall's tip-in came to a stop on the back of the rim.
Valentine's 3-pointer gave Oakland a 73-65 lead with 3:51 left, and the Grizzlies held off the Volunteers down the stretch.