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MBB: Nembhard leads Gators past South Carolina

Final: Florida 81, South Carolina 68

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Florida and South Carolina met on Tuesday in the Gators’ first road conference tilt of the season.

The Gators defeated USC 81-68 to improve to 10-4 overall and 2-0 in conference play.

Andrew Nembhard keyed the victory, finishing with a double-double and a game high 21 points for Florida.

How it happened:

Florida and South Carolina played a fast paced game out of the gates, heading into the under-16 media timeout with a  12-12 score.

The two teams proceeded to trade buckets with Carolina leading for a majority of the game in the opening ten minutes. 

Florida took the lead on a three-pointer by Scottie Lewis with 9:45 to play in the opening period. The Gators led by as much as seven at 40-33, but South Carolina finished the half on a quick 4-0 run to close the gap to three at the intermission.

Florida extended their lead to seven before a time out by South Carolina with 16:24 left in the game.  The Gamecocks closed the gap to two before the under 16 time out, but Florida continued to pressure defensively and pushed the lead back up to five with 12 minutes remaining.

With a few scares coming from the Gamecocks tonight the Gators managed to push through and pick up an impressive second win in SEC play.

Quick Stats:

Blackshear: 11 points, 5 rebounds

Johnson: 19 points, 8 rebounds

Nembhard: 21 points, 3 rebounds, 10 assists

Locke: 6 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists

Lewis: 15 points, 9 rebounds

Fast Stats:

FG%: 47%

3FG%: 38%

Rebounds +/-: +12

TO: 11

Up Next:

Florida will continue their road trip this weekend as they take on Mizzouri on Saturday in Columbia with tipoff scheduled for 1:00 PM ET. 

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