Tony Young scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half last night to help No. 13 Southern Illinois beat host Indiana State, 58-50, and clinch the Missouri Valley Conference regular season title.
Jamaal Tatum also scored 15 points for the Salukis (24-5, 14-3), who won their 10th straight game.
Marico Stinson led Indiana State (12-16, 5-12) with 17 points, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Sycamores' fifth straight loss.
Southern Illinois held Indiana State to 33 percent shooting in the second half. The Salukis have won 12 of the past 13 games in the series and the last seven at Hulman Center.
Indiana State, which entered tied for last in the conference, led 27-25 at halftime. Southern Illinois hadn't played since an emotional 68-64 win at Butler last Saturday, and the Salukis looked lethargic early against the Sycamores.
"In order to be a champion, you have to come out and play every minute of every game," Tatum said. "You have to be ready to play and execute the game plan. To be a champion, you can't let down."
· FLORIDA 63, SOUTH CAROLINA 49: Al Horford scored 20 points, Chris Richard added a season-high 14 and the third-ranked Gators rebounded from their first loss in more than two months with a win at home.
Florida, whose 17-game winning streak was snapped Saturday at Vanderbilt, clinched the Southeastern Conference regular season championship and improved to 17-0 at home.
"It's great, but we're greedy," forward Joakim Noah said. "We want more."
The Gators (25-3, 12-1) endured another slow start, a problem that has plagued the defending national champions this season and contributed to the loss against the Commodores. But Florida got going midway through the first half and dominated the Gamecocks (13-13, 3-10) most of the night.
· MISSISSIPPI STATE 83, VANDERBILT 70: Jamont Gordon recorded his first career triple-double -- and the second in school history -- with 15 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists as the host Bulldogs snapped a 13-game losing streak against ranked opponents with a win over the No. 17 Commodores.
Mississippi State (16-10, 7-6 SEC) had runs of 11-2 and 10-2 in the first half and held Vanderbilt (18-9, 8-5) without a point for 4:17 late in the first half. The Bulldogs led by 18 several times, including 45-27 at halftime.
Derrick Byars, the SEC's No. 2 scorer during conference play with 19.7 points per game, scored only seven points for Vanderbilt.
· TENNESSEE 69, ALABAMA 66: Chris Lofton scored 20 points, JaJuan Smith added 16 and the host Volunteers rallied to beat the 25th-ranked Crimson Tide in overtime.
Tennessee (19-9, 7-6 SEC), still hoping to solidify its at-large credentials for the NCAA tournament, improved to 15-0 at home.
Alabama (19-8, 6-7) came back from nine points down in the second half and struggled with a season-high 26 turnovers.
· OHIO STATE 68, PENN STATE 60: In Columbus, Ohio, Jamar Butler scored 18 points and Greg Oden had 17 points and 14 rebounds to help the No. 2 Buckeyes beat the Nittany Lions (10-16, 1-12 Big Ten) for the second time in eight days.
Daequan Cook added 12 points and Ron Lewis 11 for Ohio State (25-3, 13-1), which holds a one-game edge with two games left in the Big Ten race.
The win set the stage for a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown Sunday when top-ranked Wisconsin, still smarting from Tuesday night's 64-55 loss at Michigan State, comes to town. The winner is assured of at least a share of the Big Ten title.
· NORTH CAROLINA 83, N.C. STATE 64: Brandan Wright scored 24 points and the No. 5 Tar Heels pulled away in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Tyler Hansbrough added 20 points for the North Carolina (24-4, 10-3 ACC), which used a huge second-half run to avenge an upset loss earlier this month and move into first place in the league standings.
A Tar Heels roster that went 12 players deep proved too much for the fatigue-riddled Wolfpack (14-12, 4-9), which played the second half without Coach Sidney Lowe, who for several days had been suffering from flulike symptoms and at halftime was taken to a hospital with dehydration.
· LOUISVILLE 72, ST. JOHN'S 48: Terrence Williams had 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists as the 20th-ranked Cardinals rolled at home.
Louisville (20-8, 10-4 Big East) won its fourth straight and eighth in 10 games. The Cardinals will need to win one of their final two games to secure a top four seed in the conference tournament and the first-round bye that goes along with it.
Anthony Mason Jr. led the Red Storm (15-13, 6-9) with 19 points.
· TEXAS A&M 66, OKLAHOMA STATE 46: Acie Law scored 19 points and Donald Sloan added 15 for the No. 8 Aggies, who handed the Cowboys their most lopsided home defeat in nearly three decades.
Texas A&M (23-4, 11-2 Big 12) had the largest margin of victory for a visitor since Texas won, 108-87, in Stillwater on Dec. 12, 1977, embarrassing Oklahoma State (19-8, 5-7) on a night when former coach Eddie Sutton was honored at halftime.
· BYU 76, COLORADO STATE 67: Keena Young scored 16 of his 24 points in the second half and the No. 21 Cougars, at home, won their eighth straight.
BYU (21-6, 11-2 Mountain West) never trailed in its first game as a ranked team in nearly 14 years and remained alone in first place in the conference with three games left.
Jason Smith led Colorado State (15-11, 5-9) with 20 points and 11 rebounds.