The Cinderella run has come to an end. Florida falls short against Michigan by a 64-49 final.
A lack of aggression was a key in the loss as too often Florida settled for deep, off balance three pointers late in the shot clock.
But it wasn’t that way the entire game. The Gators only trailed by four at the halftime break at 32-28.
However, the Wolverines erupted out of the intermission, scoring the first eleven points of the half and took a 43-28 point lead.
Florida was able to get within six thanks to a strong defensive effort that saw Michigan make just three field goals over ten minutes in the middle of the second half. But free throws and the inability of the Gators offense just couldn’t close the gap further.
A KeVaughn Allen three-pointer with 7:22 left cut the deficit to seven at 51-44, but the Wolverines went on a 13-5 run to end the game. Immediately after the Allen three, freshman Andrew Nembhard turned the ball over twice.
- Jalen Hudson was the only Gator in double figures scoring, finishing with 11 points on 4-15 from the floor.
- KeVaughn Allen added 8 points, but didn’t get in the scoring column until a mid-range jumper fell midway through the second half. Allen also hit an inconsequential three pointer in the final minute.
- The Wolverines finished with a 34-16 edge in the paint and outrebounded Florida 42-29 in the game.
- Florida fouled Michigan shooters THREE times behind the three point line.
Florida’s season has come to an abrupt halt. The Gators have a young team loaded with talented underclassmen. The ride is over for the three seniors, Kevarrius Hayes, Jalen Hudson, and KeyVaughn Allen.
Florida has a highly ranked class coming in led by five-star recruits Tre Mann and Scottie Lewis.
Barring any unforeseen attrition, the Gators have one scholarship available and should probably look to an immediate impact grad-transfer big.
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