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