Gators survive Alabama with 66-63 victory in SEC Tournament quarterfinals
Florida suffered through another dismal shooting performance, but managed to hit key shots when it counted most for a 66-63 victory over Alabama in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament Friday afternoon.
The Gators (23-9) will play No. 1 Kentucky on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the SEC Tournament semifinal. This will be the third meeting between the two teams this season.
Florida shot just 32 percent from the field in the first half, 38 percent for the game, against Alabama. The Tide shot 53.3 percent from the field, but Florida hit 10 3-pointers, while Alabama hit just three, which Florida coach Billy Donovan said was the major difference in the game. Florida led by as many as 12 in the second half before Alabama rallied.
Alabama's Trevor Lacey hit a 3-point basket with 1:05 remaining in the game to pull the Tide within 64-62. On Florida's ensuing possession, senior guard Erving Walker was called for traveling, giving Alabama the ball back with 41.4 seconds left in the game and trailing by two. But Alabama senior forward JaMychal Green missed the second of two free throws with 20.3 seconds remaining. Then with 9.8 seconds left, Florida junior guard Kenny Boynton hit two free throws to give Florida its final lead.
Lacey's 3-pointer as time expired fell short for Alabama.
Boynton talks about the game here: