Florida Gators men's basketball beats North Carolina State on Calathes' shot with 11 seconds left

GAINESVILLE — Nick Calathes hit a go-ahead basket with 11 seconds left as Florida rallied to a 68-66 win over North Carolina State on Saturday.

Calathes scored 24 of his career-high 32 in the second half as the Gators (12-2) overcame an 11-point deficit and won their sixth in a row. It was the most points by a Gator since Joakim Noah scored 37 against Georgia on March 1, 2006.

"With his aggressiveness, Nick made some good decisions," coach Billy Donovan said. "Sometimes with his aggressiveness some of his decisions haven't been so good."

Calathes did his part after a dismal first half in which the Gators were 0-for-6 on 3-pointers and the Wolfpack (9-3) shot nearly 54 percent from the floor.

"The first was the worst half we could have played," Calathes said. "At halftime, coach told us it was the worst half we could play and only be down by 10."

Calathes' 3-pointer with 3:59 left capped a 9-2 run that put Florida ahead 59-58. The lead changed seven times before Calathes' jumper with 11 seconds left put the Gators up 67-66. Calathes then stole the ball from Farnold Degand, was fouled and hit a free throw with three seconds left.

Florida 68

N.C. State 66

Florida Gators men's basketball beats North Carolina State on Calathes' shot with 11 seconds left 01/03/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 9:11am]

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