Final: Florida 81, LSU 66
Florida returned home after a tough loss to Kentucky over the weekend and welcomed SEC rival LSU on Wednesday. Behind the efforts of Keyontae Johnson and Scottie Lewis, the Gators waxed the Tigers, 81-66.
How it happened:
Florida got off to a hot start Wednesday night, taking a 14-4 lead in the first five minutes of the game, spearheaded by Scottie Lewis’ 4 points.
The array of shots continued to fall for the Gators as Scottie Lewis scored five straight to push the advantage to a 23-12.
Florida continued this hot start for the first 10 minutes of the game, pushing out to 29-16. The Gators spread the wealth around behind the leadership of Keyontae Johnson & an alley oop dunk to extend the lead to 37-25 with 3 to play in the half. As the half came to a close so did the Gators hot streak scoring just 4 points in the final 3 minutes of the half and take a 41-31 lead into the break.
Florida held to Skylar Mays to just 3 points in the first half. Mays has averaged 16.4 points on the year.
LSU came out of the half fast. Scoring four points in the first minute to close the gap to 11.
Florida battled and managed to keep the lead intact, forcing an LSU timeout at 16:00 up 51-37. Scottie Lewis pulled up for another trey, and again knocked it down despite an LSU player in his grill.
Florida was serving up treys like a waiter coming out of the break. UF led 60-42 with 11:30 to play. LSU came out of the time out in a full court press, trailing by 15. The press may have been too little too late as the Gators continued to keep the lead in double digits.
With five minutes to play LSU closed it to a 10 point lead. As soon as LSU got close, Scottie Lewis threw down a dagger of an alley oop on a beautiful feed from Nembhard from the three point line.
Florida kept the pressure applied late, with some spoon fed buckets by the LSU defense.
Rebound +/-: +2
Nembhard: 17 points, 4 assists
Johnson: 25 points, 11 rebounds
Blackshear: 8 points, 8 rebounds
Lewis: 18 points, 2 rebounds
Florida will travel to Knoxville to take on Tennessee this Saturday at 2 pm.