ATHENS, Ga. — Darius Miller came off the bench to score 19 points and Kentucky cruised in its first game since returning to No. 1 in the rankings, beating Georgia 57-44 on Tuesday night.
Miller, who had started eight of the previous nine games for the Wildcats (20-1, 6-0 Southeastern Conference), returned to the sixth-man role he had played earlier in the season. The senior made 7-of-8 shots, including all four from 3-point range.
Kentucky used spurts of 10-0 and 10-1 to build a 38-26 halftime lead. The Bulldogs (10-10, 1-5) never threatened in the second half, even though the Wildcats cooled off considerably. They went more than 5 minutes without scoring and made just 7-of-23 shots over the final 20 minutes.
Kentucky, which had been No. 1 in The Associated Press rankings for two weeks early in the season, returned to the top spot after Syracuse lost last weekend.
No. 6 BAYLOR 77, OKLAHOMA 65: At Norman, Okla., Perry Jones III had 21 points and 12 rebounds and Pierre Jackson added 16 points as Baylor bounced back after its first two losses of the season.
The Bears (18-2, 5-2 Big 12) led throughout but needed a strong finish to put away the Sooners, who were within 62-60 in the final 5 minutes.
Quincy Acy contributed 13 points and three blocks for Baylor, which shot 54 percent to get back on the winning track after losses to Kansas and Missouri, both Top 10 teams.
Steven Pledger led Oklahoma (12-7, 2-5) with 17 points, and Romero Osby had 16 points and 11 rebounds.
It was only the second win in 18 tries for the Bears at the Lloyd Noble Center in a series that was heavily lopsided in the Sooners' favor until recent years.
Oklahoma had won 30 straight games in the series from 1978 to 2009 before Baylor won three in a row. The Sooners then won at home and knocked the Bears out of the Big 12 tournament last season to regain the upper hand.
No. 13 SAN DIEGO STATE 52, WYOMING 42: At Laramie, Wyo., Jamaal Franklin had 12 points and 11 rebounds and San Diego State extended its winning streak to 11 games.
Chase Tapley added 12 points for the Aztecs (18-2, 4-0 Mountain West).
The victory was the 250th at San Diego State for coach Steve Fisher, who is in his 13th season with the Aztecs.
Leonard Washington had 12 points and eight rebounds and Luke Martinez added 11 points for Wyoming (16-4, 2-2).
No. 17 MARQUETTE 67, SOUTH FLORIDA 47: At Milwaukee, Darius Johnson-Odom scored 17 points to lead Marquette. Davante Gardner and Jae Crowder added 15 points each for the Golden Eagles (17-4, 6-2 Big East), who have won five straight.
Toarlyn Fitzpatrick had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls (12-9, 5-3), who had won three straight.
It was the 100th career victory for Marquette coach Buzz Williams.
No. 20 MICHIGAN 66, PURDUE 64: At West Lafayette, Ind., Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 19 points and Jordan Morgan had 12 points and seven rebounds for Michigan.
Stu Douglass scored 12 points and Evan Smotrycz added 10 points for the Wolverines (16-5, 6-2), who entered the game in a tie for first place in the Big Ten.
Lewis Jackson scored 17 points and Robbie Hummel added 16 for the Boilermakers (14-7, 4-4). Hummel missed a 3-pointer that could have given the Boilermakers the lead in the final seconds.