Gators blow past Badgers
Gainesville, Fla. • Erik Murphy is no longer just an outside threat.
Murphy tied a career-high with 24 points days after dealing with a migraine headache, and No. 10 Florida beat 22nd-ranked Wisconsin 74-56 on Wednesday night.
The 6-foot-10 power forward made all 10 of his shots, including several in the post and just two from 3-point range, as the short-handed Gators enjoyed a double-digit lead most of the night. He also had seven rebounds.
"That's the one dimension that I told Erik that he needed to add to his game: being able to catch the ball inside against a smaller person and score," coach Billy Donovan said. "Tonight he really did a good job of that."
No. 15 Creighton 77, UAB 60 • At Omaha, Neb., Josh Jones scored all 18 of his points in the second half to compensate for Doug McDermott's quiet night in Creighton's comeback victory over UAB.
Jones matched his career high with four 3-pointers. The backup guard made two during a personal 10-0 run that tied it 45 and two more during a 17-0 spurt that helped the Bluejays (2-0) finish off the Blazers (1-1).
McDermott, the returning first-team All-American, got into early foul trouble and had five points.
Isiah Jones scored 16 points for UAB.