Final: Florida 78, Miami 58
After being hit with a flagrant-2 foul early in the second half of Florida’s win over St. Joseph’s on Thursday, Kerry Blackshear dominated Miami in his return to the court on Friday.
Blackshear scored the first eight Gators points on the day en route to a game high 20 as Florida defeated in-state rival Miami, 78-58.
The Gators shot 54% from the field and made 10-19 (53%) of their shots from behind the three point line.
How it happened:
Trailing 14-8 nearly midway through the first half, the Gators completed a 17-0 run to take an eleven point advantage. The Hurricanes battled back and closed to within five by the intermission break.
Miami came all the way back and tied the game at 45 with 15:48 remaining in the game. The Gators would rattle off a 33-13 run over the remainder of the contest to improve to 4-2 on the season.
- Blackshear: 20 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists
- Lewis: 13 points, 8 rebounds
- Johnson: 12 points, 7 rebounds
- Glover: 11 points in 17 minutes
- Nembhard: 8 points, 9 assists
- FG%: 54
- 3FG%: 53
- FT%: 62
- Reb+/-: +9
- Bench Points: 19
- TO: 12
Florida will remain in Charleston and play in the championship game on Sunday.
The Gators will face the winner of tonight’s Xavier-Connecticut matchup.