VIDEO: Gators get to cut down the nets
On Monday, it was Billy Donovan's call. Wednesday night, the decision over whether to cut down the nets in traditional celebratory fashion rested solely with his Florida seniors.
So when the No. 11 Gators had secured a 66-40 win over Vanderbilt to earn their second outright SEC regular-season championship in three seasons, the seniors made the call.
"After the game he asked us what we wanted to do, and obviously we said we wanted to cut down the nets," said senior forward Erik Murphy, who had 10 points and six rebounds. "It was one of the best feelings I've ever had."
When the Gators clinched two years ago, it was on the road at Vanderbilt so there was no opportunity to cut the nets down.
Along with senior Mike Rosario, it was Murphy and Kenny Boynton who took down the last pieces — a fitting final act in their last appearance at the O'Connell Center before a crowd of 10,504
"We just told each other we did it," said Boynton, who had a game-high 15 points. "It was a goal we set at the beginning of the season, to accomplish it, that just felt really special."
Check out video of the net-cutting. The first to take a piece was Tampa guard Michael Frazier the II. Boynton is the last player.