Final: Butler 76, Florida 62
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
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.