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 three-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.
Murphy became just the fourth player in school history and 18th in Southeastern Conference history to take at least 10 shots in a game and make them all.
Mike Rosario added 15 points, four rebounds and four assists for Florida (2-0), and Kenny Boynton chipped in 10.
Sam Dekker and Jared Berggren had 11 points apiece for Wisconsin (1-1).
No. 15 CREIGHTON 77, UAB 60: In 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 victory.
Jones matched his career high with four three-pointers. The backup guard made two during a personal 10-0 run that tied it at 45 and two more during a 17-0 spurt that finished off the Blazers (1-1).
No. 9 PENN STATE 63, No. 16 TEXAS A&M 58: In College Station, Texas, Alex Bentley scored 21 points and Maggie Lucas added 18 to lead Penn State.
No. 10 GEORGIA 66, PRESBYTERIAN 38: In Athens, Ga., Jasmine Hassell scored 14 points to lead Georgia.
UCLA 86, No. 11 OKLAHOMA 80: In Norman, Okla., Thea Lemberger scored 18 points as UCLA pulled off the upset.
D UQUESNE 51, No. 17 DELAWARE 47: In Pittsburgh, Wumi Agunbiade finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Orsi Szecsi hit a late three-pointer to help Duquesne to the upset.
No. 20 OHIO STATE 87, CINCINNATI 49: In Columbus, Ohio, Tayler Hill scored 21 points to lead Ohio State (1-1).
NORTH CAROLINA 63, No. 25 GEORGETOWN 48: In Chapel Hill, N.C., Brittany Roundtree hit six three-pointers en route to 22 points and Krista Gross grabbed 15 rebounds for North Carolina.