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Florida holds off Kansas for win

Published December 10, 2013 11:33 pm

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Gainesville, Fla. • Scottie Wilbekin scored a career-high 18 points, Dorian Finney-Smith added 15 and No. 19 Florida held on to beat No. 13 Kansas 67-61 on Tuesday night.

The Gators bounced back from a buzzer-beater loss at No. 9 Connecticut last week and extended their home-winning streak to 21 games. The latest victory came in the Big 12-SEC Challenge and surely will be meaningful when the NCAA Tournament seeds are settled in March.

Wilbekin, who injured his right ankle against the Huskies eight days ago, made 7 of 12 shots and added six assists.

Freshman Andrew Wiggins led the Jayhawks (6-3) with 26 points and 11 rebounds — his first double-double and both career highs. Kansas has lost two straight.

The Gators (7-2) went on a 21-0 run and led by as many as 18 points in the first half, but Kansas made it 60-55 on Wiggins' 3-pointer with 55.8 seconds remaining. It was his second 3 in the final 1:20.

Aside from Wiggins, who made 7 of 15 shots, Kansas had no one else score in double figures.

No. 11 Kentucky 70, Boise St. 55 • In Lexington, Ky., James Young scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half and Kentucky used solid defense to hand Boise State its first loss. The Wildcats (8-2) dominated the Broncos (8-1) 43-27 in rebounds.

No. 20 Gonzaga 80, West Virginia 76 • In Morgantown, W.Va., Przemek Karnowski scored a season-high 19 points, Kevin Pangos added 18 and Gonzaga came from 10 points down to beat West Virginia. Gary Bell Jr. added 15 points and Sam Dower scored 11 for Gonzaga (9-1). —

Tuesday's scores

• No. 11 Kentucky 70,Boise State 55

• No. 19 Florida 67, No. 13 Kansas 61

• No. 20 Gonzaga 80, West Virginia 76