Ron Baker scored 19 points, Cleanthony Early added 18, and fourth-ranked Wichita State overcame a sloppy start to beat Southern Illinois 78-67 on Tuesday night in Wichita, Kan., and remain unbeaten.
The Shockers became the first team to start 26-0 since Memphis in 2008. Wichita State has five games standing in the way of becoming the first team since Saint Joseph's in 2004 to have a perfect regular season. Top-ranked Syracuse also is undefeated.
Wichita State (13-0 Missouri Valley Conference) had its hands full, especially with guard Anthony Beane. He scored 25 points for the Salukis (10-16, 6-7), getting to the rim at will until late in the game, when the Shockers started to double- and triple-team him.
Wichita State trailed 33-32 at the half after shooting 2 of 14 from 3-point range and seeing three players get in early foul trouble.
"Just survive," Shockers coach Gregg Marshall said. "That was not our best effort, obviously. They get a lot of credit for that. They had a great game plan. They packed it in and we didn't make any shots from the arc."
Wyoming 68, San Diego State 62: Riley Grabau scored 17 points, Larry Nance Jr. had 14, and the Cowboys (15-9, 6-5 Mountain West Conference) beat the No. 5 Aztecs (21-2, 10-1) in Laramie, Wyo., ending San Diego State's winning streak at 20 games.
Dwayne Polee II scored 15 points and Xavier Thames had 13 for the Aztecs, who had not lost since falling to Arizona in their second game of the season.
Florida 67, Tennessee 58: Scottie Wilbekin had 21 points, and the No. 3 Gators (22-2, 11-0 Southeastern Conference) held off the Volunteers (15-9, 6-5) in Knoxville, Tenn., for their 16th consecutive victory. Jarnell Stokes had 20 points for Tennessee, which was only 7 of 24 from the field in the second half.
Michigan 70, Ohio State 60: Nik Stauskas scored 15 points and Derrick Walton III added 13, including three crucial free throws with 1:55 left, to lead the No. 15 Wolverines (18-6, 10-2 Big Ten) past the No. 22 Buckeyes (19-6, 6-6) in Columbus, Ohio.
Texas 87, Oklahoma State 68: Javan Felix scored 27 points, and the Longhorns (19-5, 8-3 Big 12) cruised past the No. 19 Cowboys (16-8, 4-7) in Austin, Texas. Oklahoma State was without suspended star Marcus Smart, who sat out the first of a three-game suspension for shoving a Texas Tech fan.