Basketball

MBB: Gators drop tight contest against UCONN

Final: Connecticut 62, Florida 59

Photo by Kristen Oliff / ChompTalk.com

Florida flew up to Hartford, Connecticut for their first road test of the year. In a heated battle with the Huskies, Florida fought well, but came up on the short end, 62-59.

Going into the halftime break, Florida was down 25-20, yet another slow start for the Gators. The 3-point shooting did not help as the Gators were 1-10 in the first half.

The struggle continued into the second half as the Gators finished the game 5-20 from downtown and 20-55 from the floor overall. 

Today, we saw the experience take over for the Gators. Down the stretch Mike White leaned much more on his older guys than on the freshmen.

Kerry Blckshear fouled out with 4:36 left, however he posted 15 points and 8 rebounds. Andrew Nembhard also had a day posting 14 points, 7 assists, and 5 boards.

With time running down the Gators passed up on two three-point opportunities and Keyontae Johnson turned the ball over allowing UCONN to run the clock out.

Quick Observations:

  • Florida basketball battled in their first road game of the year.
  • The freshman still need time; however, things should come together.
  • Tre Mann left the game at the 4 minute mark with an injury and never returned.

Quick Stats:

FG%: 40

3FG%: 25

FT%: 77

Rebounds +/-: -1

TO: 13

Up Next:

The Gators are back in action this Thursday against St. Joseph’s at 2:00 PM in the Charleston Classic.  
Florida will play three games over the four days of the tournament. 

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