Tucson, Ariz. • Nick Johnson scored 18 points, Brandon Ashley added 15 and top-ranked Arizona remained unbeaten with a 69-57 win over Colorado on Thursday night.
Arizona (19-0, 6-0 Pac-12) had a week off after blowing out rival Arizona State and raced out to an early 14-point lead.
» No. 1 Arizona 69,Colorado 57
» No. 6 Florida 68,Alabama 62
» No. 15 Cincinnati 69,UCF 51
» No. 17 Ohio State 62,Illinois 55
» No. 23 Memphis 82,Houston 59
Aaron Gordon added 12 points for Arizona, which overcame a 3-for-15 night from 3-point range and some missed free throws down the stretch to extend the best start in school history. A year after nearly pulling off an upset in the desert, Colorado (15-5, 4-3) had no chance for late-game heroics in its third game without leading scorer Spencer Dinwiddie.
The Buffaloes struggled to slow Arizona’s bevy of scorers and couldn’t overcome the big early hole, falling to 0-16 all-time against No. 1 teams.
Xavier Johnson led Colorado with 21 points.
No. 6 Florida 68, Alabama 62 • In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Michael Frazier II scored 18 points and made five 3-pointers.
It was the 10th consecutive win for the Gators (16-2, 5-0 Southeastern Conference), matching last season’s longest streak. The Crimson Tide (8-10, 2-3) had its league-best 14-game SEC home winning streak snapped.
No. 17 Ohio State 62,Illlinois 55 • In Columbus, Ohio, LaQuinton Ross scored 18 points and Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 16 — including a critical 3-pointer in the waning moments — to help Ohio State end a four-game skid with a win over Illinois.
Aaron Craft added 11 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Buckeyes (16-4, 3-4 Big Ten), who had lost four in a row for the first time since 2007-08.
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