MBB: Gators hold on to defeat Marshall 73-67

Final: Florida 73, Marshall 67

Florida fans were once again forced to hold their collective breaths as the Gators blew yet another double-digit lead, but held on for a 73-67 victory over Marshall on Friday.

The Gators moved to 6-2 with their fourth straight win while the Thundering Herd fell to 2-4 on the season.

How it happened:

The Gators actually trailed by eight points (30-22) after one half of play. Florida made just 9-30 from the field and were 0-10 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Marshall, meanwhile, connected on four first half treys and made 38.7% of their shots from the floor in the opening period.

The second half was a completely different story, however.

The Gators shot better than 60% and made 4-8 from deep in taking a lead that reached as much as 13 with less than six minutes left in regulation.

The Herd wouldn’t go down without a fight. Marshall closed to within two (69-67) after a three point play by Iran Bennett with 42 seconds on the clock. Andrew Nembhard responded with a stepback jumper to seal the win for Florida.

Individual Stats

  • Ques Glover: 14 points on 5-9 shooting in 24 minutes
  • Keyontae Johnson: 13 points (all in second half), 5 rebounds
  • Kerry Blackshear: 10 points, 4 boards, fouled out
  • Scottie Lewis: 7 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 blocks
  • Noah Locke: 10 points, 5 rebounds

Team Stats

  • FG%: 45
  • 3FG%: 22
  • FT%: 71
  • Reb+/-: +12
  • Bench Points: 25
  • TO: 14

What’s Next:

Florida will have a week off before they travel to Indianapolis to take on Butler at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

The Bulldogs are 7-0 and have beaten Minnesota, Missouri, and Stanford so far this year.


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