Season ends for men's and women's basketball teams
Basketball season is over at Florida.
The Florida women had their season come to a close with an 87-59 loss to No. 1 seed and undefeated Connecticut Tuesday night.
Later in the evening the Gator men lost 71-62 to Penn State in the NIT quarterfinals at the O'Connell Center.
Florida trailed 33-32 at halftime, after leading by as many as seven with just under five minutes remaining in the half. But tied at 37 with 17:15 remaining, Penn State went on a 15-6 run to take a 52-43 lead. The Nittany Lions were 5-of 15 from 3-point range in the first half, but opened the second half shooting 3-of-5 from beyond the arc to help extend their lead.
Florida (25-11) trailed by eight with 3:36 remaining in the game, but rallied with a 6-0 run, culminating with a tip-in by Dan Werner to pull the Gators within 61-59 with 2:13 remaining. But as they had all night, the Nittany Lions responded, outscoring the Gators 10-3 in the final 1:44 of the game.
Florida’s struggles in the second half were magnified because the Gators’ outside shot failed them. After shooting 3-of-8 from 3-point range in the first half, the Gators were 2-of-14 from beyond the arc in the final 20 minutes.
Sophomore guard Nick Calathes, who declined to say whether this was his last game with the Gators, was 3-of-12 from the field, 0-for-6 from beyond the arc.
Freshman guard Erving Walker, a Brooklny native who had hoped to go home to play in the NIT semifinals, scored a team-high 16 points.