FINAL: FLORIDA 65, VIRGINIA 39
ORLANDO, FL- The fourth-seeded Florida Gators advanced to the “Sweet Sixteen” of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014 with a dominating 65-39 victory over fifth-seeded Virginia.
Florida held Virginia scoreless over the last 5:04 seconds of the first half and went on a 12-0 run to end the period, keyed by senior forward Justin Leon’s 8 points in that stretch. The Gators only allowed the Cavaliers 17 first half points, a season low. Florida also began the second half on a 9-0 run before Virginia scored.
Florida’s defense stymied Virginia. The Cavaliers finished the game shooting less than thirty percent (29.6), and only made 1-15 from the three point line.
Devin Robinson and Leon each finished with 14 points to lead the Gators in scoring. Both players finished with double-doubles as Robinson finished with 11 rebounds, and Leon added 10 more. Kevarrius Hayes, Canyon Barry, and Chris Chiozza all scored 7 points. Chiozza also assisted on 5 Florida baskets. KeVaughn Allen struggled shooting going 2-10 from the field including 0-4 from behind the three point line.
Virginia had no scorers in double figures as Florida kept London Perrantes to just 6 points. Perrantes played a key role in the Cavaliers come from behind victory against UNC-Wilmington, scoring 24 points. Mamadi Diakite led Virginia with 9 points. Sophomore Jack Salt added 8 points and 10 rebounds for Virginia.
Florida advances to the Sweet Sixteen and will take on Wisconsin in New York’s Madison Square Garden on Friday March, 24. Wisconsin upset number one overall seed Villanova earlier Sunday.
- VIRGINIA: 23-11
- FLORIDA: 26-8
FLORIDA VS WISCONSIN
NCAA TOURNAMENT – SWEET SIXTEEN
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