Taurean Green scored 18 points, Corey Brewer added 17 and No. 11 Florida beat Alabama State, 87-60, last night in Gainesville, Fla.

The Gators, unranked in the preseason poll, are off to their best start in Coach Billy Donovan's 10 years. Florida last started 6-0 in 1984-85.

After losing their top three scorers and having four sophomores and a junior in the starting lineup, the Gators have been one of the biggest surprises in the country.

But Alabama State (1-5) hardly proved to be much of an obstacle.

Florida was bigger, faster and deeper than the Hornets. The Gators shot 65 percent from the field, had a 34-24 rebounding advantage, blocked nine shots and had six steals.

Al Horford had 12 points and 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the season and Lee Humphrey scored 13 points for Florida. Brewer added seven rebounds and a game-high five assists.

The Gators opened the game with a 10-0 run, maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the first half and then pulled away.

Green was 10 of 10 from the free throw line and has made 24 in a row. He was 14 of 14 in the second half Friday night against Florida State.

* OHIO STATE 69, VIRGINIA TECH 56: Ron Lewis scored seven points in a 10-0 game-closing run to lead the Buckeyes at home in the opening game of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

J.J. Sullinger scored 14 points, Sylvester Mayes 13, Terence Dials 11 and Lewis had 10 for Ohio State (3-0), which had lost three of its four previous matchups in the Challenge.

Zabian Dowdell scored 15 points and Coleman Collins had 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Hokies (5-2).

Ohio State led by 21 points in the first half only to have Virginia Tech claw back with its trapping defense. After shooting 61 percent from the field in building a 46-25 halftime lead, the Buckeyes hit 29 percent over the final 20 minutes.

The Hokies pulled to 59-56 on Jamon Gordon's short jumper with 2 minutes 39 seconds left, but the rest of the game belonged to Ohio State.

The Buckeyes were deliberate at the other end before Je'Kel Foster's quick pass set up Lewis's long three-pointer for a 62-56 lead with 2:09 left.

Dowdell's jumper was short at the other end, with Matt Sylvester rebounding for the Buckeyes and throwing a long pass to Lewis who was streaking toward the basket. As he released his shot, he was pushed by Dowdell, who was called for an intentional foul.

Lewis hit 1 of 2 free throws and then Sylvester scored on a follow to make it 65-56 with just over a minute remaining.

After the Hokies missed two more shots, Lewis added a three-point play and Dials hit a foul shot.

* MEMPHIS 108, LAMAR 83: Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 23 points and Rodney Carney and Shawne Williams each added 21 as the No. 9 Tigers overcame a sluggish start and the absence of point guard Darius Washington to win at home.

Douglas-Roberts, Carney and Williams were a combined 21 of 42 from the field for Memphis (4-1), which shot 49 percent overall. Joey Dorsey had 13 rebounds, Robert Dozier 11 and Williams 10 as Memphis outrebounded Lamar, 65-32.

Alan Daniels, a first-team all-Southland Conference selection last season, led Lamar (1-3) with 41 points. He was 13 of 29 from the field, including 6 of 17 on three-pointers, and made 9 of 11 free throws.

Virginia Tech's Coleman Collins, left, and Ohio State's Terence Dials (11 points) scramble for a rebound in the opener of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.