Final: Butler 76, Florida 62

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Florida has fallen to 6-3 on the season with a 76-62 loss to No. 24 Butler (9-0) on Saturday.

How it happened:

Florida started out quick, taking a 5-0 lead just fifty-four seconds into the game. Both teams struggled from the field and by the first media break, the Gators lead was just 5-4. The Bulldogs finished the first half on a 22-6 run and exited the court with a 35-25 advantage.

Most of the second half was back and forth.  Butler extended the lead to as many as 19 (61-42) with 7:33 remaining. The Gators managed to cut the deficit to nine (67-58) with 3:01 left in regulation. However, that was negated as the Bulldogs went on a quick five point run and finished the game on a 9-4 run. 


Kerry Blackshear: 17 points, 5 rebounds

Andrew Nembhard: 11 points, 5 assists
Noah Locke: 11 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists
Keyontae Johnson: 9 points, 3 rebounds
Scottie Lewis: 3 points, 2 rebounds

Quick Stats:

FG%: 44%

3FG%: 23%
FT%: 67%
TO: 10
Rebound +/-:-3

Up Next:

The Gators head to New York to participate in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational. Florida will take on Providence on December 17 in Brooklyn. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 PM and will be aired live on ESPN2.