Final: Florida 82, LSU 77
KeVaughn Allen sank a pair of three-pointers late in overtime to propel the Gators to an upset of #13 LSU in a hostile road environment.
The Gators opened the game with an 8-2 start in the opening five minutes of play. LSU trailed until finally tying the game at 17 just past the midpoint of the first half. The Tigers took their first lead at 20-19 with 8:41 remaining in the opening half.
The game was a see-saw affair and the largest lead was seven by Florida early in the second half.
LSU took a 60-57 lead with just over three minutes remaining in regulation, but the scrappy Gators team continued to fight, and in less than one minute after a Noah Locke jumper and an Allen trey, Florida was back on top.
LSU’s Naz Reid knocked down the tying jump shot to send the game to overtime.
Allen would be a one man wrecking crew in the extra period. Allen finished with twelve points in OT, including knocking down all four free-throws to seal the win.
Noah Locke and Jalen Hudson each added 15 points. Senior Kevarrius Hayes finished with 10 points and 7 boards while freshman Andrew Nembhard added eight points and eight assists to the cause.
The Gators entered the contest squarely on the NCAA tournament bubble, but a major road win will certainly help their case.
Florida (15-11) returns home to face Missouri (12-13) on Saturday at 4:00 PM.