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MBB: Gators pull out 2OT victory; open SEC play with statement

Final: Florida 104, Alabama 98

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Gainesville, FL – Florida trailed Alabama by as many as 21 points in the first half (46-25), before pulling off a double-overtime thriller on Saturday.

After getting to within six multiple times in the second half, Alabama answered with a flurry virtually every time, until the end of regulation.

Trailing 81-75 with :43 remaining in the second half, Florida finished regulation on a 8-2 run thanks to a Noah Locke steal and finish and a Kerry Blackshear clutch three.

In the first overtime period, Andrew Nembhard made a layup with :39 left to give Florida a 92-89 lead. Alabama’s John Petty, Jr. hit a three to tie the game and send it to a second overtime.

Tied at 98 with 1:12 to play, Florida went 6-6 from the free throw line to clinch the victory. Scottie Lewis, Nembhard, and Blackshear each knocked down a pair to close out the contest.

Blackshear (24 & 16), Lewis (17 & 10), and Keyontae Johnson (10 & 12) all finished with double-doubles as Florida mounted a comeback that equaled the program record at home.

Andrew Nembhard added 25 points and 5 assists while Locke finished with 18 points on 6-9 from the field.

Fast Stats:

  • FG% : 43
  • 3FG% : 35
  • FT% : 83
  • Reb +/- : +6
  • Assists : 11
  • TO : 13
  • Bench Points : 23

What’s Next:

The Gators (9-5) will head to South Carolina to face the Gamecocks on Tuesday. USC is 8-5 on the season and defeated No. 9 Virginia 70-59 before dropping their last contest to Stetson 63-56 last week.

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