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Chandler Parsons leads Florida Gators in 104-91 2OT victory over Georgia

Florida forward Chandler Parsons drives past Georgia guard Travis Leslie in the second overtime, when he had nine points.

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Florida forward Chandler Parsons drives past Georgia guard Travis Leslie in the second overtime, when he had nine points.

ATHENS, Ga. — After a highlight he could have done without, Chandler Parsons put together a reel more to his liking in the second overtime, leading No. 24 Florida past Georgia 104-91 on Tuesday night.

Setting up in the corner, in front of the Gators bench, early in the second half, Parsons made a 3-pointer and, shown on ESPN slow-motion replays, pulled up and grimaced as he started back on defense and was accidentally snapped by a towel being waved in celebration on the bench.

The Gators (16-4, 5-1 SEC) lost the lead with sloppy play down the stretch and gave up Trey Thompkins' putback at the buzzer to force overtime.

In the first overtime, the lead changed hands eight times with Georgia (14-5, 3-3) taking an 85-82 lead, then UF guard Erving Walker forced a second overtime with a 3-pointer from about 24 feet with one second left.

That's when Parsons took over.

The senior forward scored nine points — on a 3-pointer, a driving layup, a tip-in and two free throws — and forced a turnover as the Gators quickly pulled away to remain in first place in the SEC East.

The Gators scored the first nine of the second overtime with the Bulldogs turning it over on two straight possessions.

"That's not how we planned it, but we showed resilience," said Parsons, who finished with 18 points and a team-high 12 rebounds. "They get a lucky tip-in to get it to overtime, and then Erving hits a lucky shot to get it to the second overtime. We're a good-conditioned team, and I think that showed at the end."

Walker and Kenny Boynton led Florida with 24 points apiece, while Vernon Macklin added 23 and was strong underneath, with six offensive rebounds.

Walker said of his tying 3 in the first overtime: "I just tried to take the three before they could foul me. It felt good. … I knew it had a good shot of going in."

Georgia had no plans to foul Walker, coach Mark Fox said.

Travis Leslie scored 21 for the Bulldogs, and Thompkins had 20 points and 13 rebounds.

"A devastating loss," Leslie said. "We just have to keep our heads up and keep fighting for it."

No. 24 UF 104

Georgia 91

2OT

Chandler Parsons leads Florida Gators in 104-91 2OT victory over Georgia 01/25/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 12:02am]
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