It was Taurean Green's turn to lead the Florida Gators. The sophomore guard almost doubled his career high with 23 points and Florida beat...

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NEW YORK — It was Taurean Green’s turn to lead the Florida Gators.


The sophomore guard almost doubled his career high with 23 points and Florida beat No. 19 Wake Forest 77-72 on Thursday night in the semifinals of the 2K Sports College Hoop Classic.


The Gators (3-0) advanced to tonight’s championship game against No. 16 Syracuse, which beat Texas Tech in the other semifinal.


“Taurean hasn’t had that kind of game and he’s not always going to score 23,” Florida coach Billy Donovan said. “We’re just a team that’s going to have different people step up on different nights.”


Green, whose previous best was 13 points as a freshman against Providence, hit a three-pointer in the 8-1 run that gave Florida a 72-62 lead with 2:06 to play. His long jumper was the Gators’ first field goal in a 5:36 span but Wake Forest had its own shooting slump at the same time.


Eric Williams scored down low for Wake Forest (2-1) with 1:49 left to make it 72-64. It was the Demon Deacons’ first field goal in 5:54. What made it worse for them was that during the drought from the field they also missed four free throws.


Williams led Wake Forest with 20 points.


Other Top 25 games


No. 16 Syracuse 81,


Texas Tech 46


Syracuse had big runs in each half and the Orange (3-0) ran away with a victory over Texas Tech (2-1) .


The matchup of two of the winningest coaches in college basketball history was never much of a game. Jim Boeheim got his 706th career win and improved his record against Bob Knight to 4-1, although Knight’s lone win was in the 1987 national championship game when he was with Indiana. Knight has 856 victories.


At No. 18 UCLA 54, Temple 47


Arron Afflalo scored 18 points as the Bruins (2-0) squelched Temple’s second-half surge in a second-round NIT Season Tip-Off game.


The Bruins (2-0) advanced to next week’s semifinals at Madison Square Garden against Memphis, which beat Alabama. The Owls (1-1) were led by Mardy Collins with 15 points.


No. 12 Memphis 87,


at No. 15 Alabama 76


Darius Washington had 23 points as the Tigers (2-0) ran past the Crimson Tide (1-1) in the NIT.


Reserve Justin Jonus led the Tide with 18 points, including four three-pointers. Jonus got all but two of his points in the second half.


Women’s Top 10 game


At No. 9 Connecticut 60,


Boston College 46


Charde Houston and Ann Strother each scored 11 points to lead UConn (3-0) past the Eagles (2-1) in the preseason Women’s NIT semifinals.


UConn will play Oklahoma (3-0) for the title on Sunday. The Huskies are making their third appearance in the tournament and won the title both previous times (1997, 2001).


Kathrin Ress and Kindyll Dorsey each scored 11 for BC.