No. 12 Gators survive Arizona with 78-72 overtime win
The buildup for Wednesday night’s game between Florida and Arizona focused on the eight guards between the two teams that could light it up from the floor, but in the end it was the Florida big men who made the difference for the Gators.
Florida sophomore center Patric Young had a career-high 25 points and 10 rebounds, and sophomore forward Will Yeguette added another eight rebounds to help the No. 12 Gators hang on to defeat Arizona 78-72 in overtime in front of 10, 531 at the O’Connell Center.
Leading by three with 8.6 seconds remaining in regulation, Florida’s Casey Prather was called for a foul on Arizona forward Solomon Hill – sending Hill to the line for three shots. He hit them all and the game went into overtime. The Gators had battled back from a late seven-point deficit to take a 66-63 lead with 8.6 seconds remaining in regulation.
The Gators, who had been abysmal from the free-throw line throughout regulation, hit 8-of-12 from the line in overtime to help seal the win.
In a game where Florida’s guards – Kenny Boynton, Erving Walker and Brad Beal – shot a combined 9-of-36 from the field and 3-of-18 from 3-point range, the inside game saved the day.
Listen to Florida coach Billy Donovan's postgame comments here: