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Arizona Wildcats sink Florida Gators with basket in final seconds

Florida’s Mike Rosario takes the ball away from Arizona’s Kaleb Tarczewski during the first half.

Associated Press

Florida’s Mike Rosario takes the ball away from Arizona’s Kaleb Tarczewski during the first half.

TUCSON, Ariz. — Mark Lyons hit a contested layup with 7.1 seconds left and No. 8 Arizona rallied from a six-point deficit in the final minute to pull out an improbable 65-64 win over No. 5 Florida on Saturday night.

Arizona (8-0) struggled with Florida's mix of zone and man defenses, falling behind by 11 in the second half. The Wildcats used their press to force consecutive turnovers on inbounds plays, pulling within 64-63 after Brandon Ashley hit one of two free throws.

Arizona fouled Florida guard Kenny Boynton, who missed the front end of a 1-and-1, then raced to the other end for Lyons' driving shot.

Florida (7-1) botched its final possession, fumbling the ball away before taking a desperation 3-pointer.

Guard Mike Rosario led the Gators with 16 points and swingman Erik Murphy had 15.

Solomon Hill had 18 points, Nick Johnson added 15 and Lyons 14 for Arizona.

The loss broke Florida's streak of eight consecutive victories against Pac-12 opponents, including last season's win over Arizona.

Arizona Wildcats sink Florida Gators with basket in final seconds 12/16/12 [Last modified: Sunday, December 16, 2012 12:36am]
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