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NCAA Game Summary - Tennessee vs. Florida



(Saturday, March 15th)

Final Score: (1) Florida 56, Tennessee 49

Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Patric Young had 16 points, Scottie Wilbekin scored 14 and top-ranked Florida came back to beat Tennessee 56-49 on Saturday to advance to the final of the SEC Tournament.

Casey Prather added 12 points for Florida (31-2), which stretched its school- record winning streak to 25 games but not without another poor start.

Wilbekin's 3-pointer at the end of the first half cut a 10-point deficit to 35-28. The Gators then outscored the Volunteers 28-14 in the second half to set up a meeting with rival Kentucky in Sunday's final.

On Friday, Florida was tied with Missouri at halftime before outscoring the Tigers 43-20 the rest of the way.

Jordan McRae scored 15 points to lead the fourth-seeded Volunteers (21-12), who had a five-game winning streak snapped. Jarnell Stokes added 13 points in the loss and Jeronne Maymon had 10.

McRae's 3-pointer with 2:48 remaining was Tennessee's only field goal in the last 12:15 of the game.

"We just tried to play harder," said Wilbekin. "We were doing the same things. We didn't really switch up anything. We just tried to go into an extra gear and turn it up a little bit."

Tennessee never led after Michael Frazier II hit a 3-pointer to give Florida a 45-43 lead with under nine minutes to play, ending a 7-0 Gators run.

The Gators hung on down the stretch, taking a 53-49 lead with 1:21 left when Prather made both free throws after Tennessee's Antonio Barton grabbed him around the waist to prevent a fast-break layup, drawing a Flagrant-1 foul.

Florida got the ball back, but play was stopped for several minutes after Barton went to the floor on a Wilbekin elbow to the face. Officials looked to see if Wilbekin's elbow made contact as he swung it to gain position near the 3-point line -- it grazed Barton's face.

Tennessee got possession, but didn't score, and Wilbekin's free throw with 14 seconds remaining made it a two-possession game.

"We feel like we came into the game ready to win," said Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin. "We just came up short. (We are) the two best defensive teams in the league, and they made the plays down the stretch."

Florida, the first team to go unbeaten in an 18-game SEC season, has now won all 20 of its games against conference opponents this season. Its last loss came Dec. 2 at Connecticut.

The Gators held the Volunteers to 25 percent shooting in the second half.

Tennessee used a 10-3 run in the first half to take a 21-14 lead. McRae had 10 points in the half to lead Tennessee and Wilbekin scored 13 for Florida.

Game Notes

Florida lost to Marshall Henderson and Ole Miss in last year's SEC final ... The Gators were out-rebounded 30-24 ... Maymon had a game-high nine rebounds ... Florida shot 47.7 percent and the Volunteers shot 41.3 percent.

03/15 18:03:38 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
STJ 68
DUKE 77
2nd
NCSU 52
ND 51
 
Final
CHI 84
MIA 96
Final
CLE 108
OKC 98
3rd
NOP 83
DAL 78
 
3rd
ORL 80
IND 73
 
3rd
PHO 72
LAC 85
 
3rd
ATL 79
MIN 71
 
2nd
TOR 40
DET 36
 
2nd
SAN 32
MIL 39
 
8:00pm Tonight
GSW
BOS
8:00pm Tonight
DEN
WAS
9:30pm Tonight
LAL
HOU
Final
UCONN 66
SFLA 53
Final
GT 62
BC 64
Final
VT 47
UVA 50
Final
OSU 82
IND 70
Final
UCF 46
CIN 56
Final
WICHS 74
DRAK 40
Final
STJ 68
DUKE 77
Final
MAR 73
FAIR 67
 
Final
HART 61
MAINE 70
 
Final
MAN 71
MON 64
 
Final
PRIN 96
ROWAN 48
 
Final
SIENA 55
PETE 69
 
Final
RIU 53
BONA 48
Final
BING 54
USB 61
 
Final
MLOWELL 50
VERM 61
 
Final
BUT 77
SHU 57
Final
SALA 55
YALE 72
 
Final
PITT 68
LOU 80
Final
ILLST 53
NIOWA 54
Final
GTDNS 69
UMBC 55
 
Final
IONA 87
NIAG 64
 
Half
TENST 30
BEL 28
 
2nd
NCSU 52
ND 51
 
Half
VILL 29
CREI 14
 
1st
MD 11
NW 11
 
8:30pm Tonight
UTAH
WASH
3rd
TEAMFOLI 11
TEAMTOEWS 16
 
8:15pm Tonight
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