Florida Gators men's basketball holds off Georgia Southern for sixth win in seven games

GAINESVILLE — Nick Calathes scored a season-high 21, including 10 of Florida's final 19, and the Gators held off Georgia Southern 88-81 on Monday night to win their sixth in seven games.

"Big-time players make big-time shots, and he really stepped up for us there when we needed a big shot," said Chandler Parsons, who scored 14 for the Gators.

Calathes' biggest shot came with 5.7 seconds left.

Florida (9-2) led by 19 midway through the second half, but the Eagles (3-6) sliced into the lead with a barrage of free throws and consecutive 3s from Colby Wohlleb and Trumaine Pearson. Sandy Perry's three-point play with 38.6 seconds left cut Florida's lead to 83-80. Then Calathes hit a 3 from the elbow to seal the game.

"He knocked it down," Parsons said. "Nick's a player. Nick knows how to do things. When the ball's in his hands, I'm confident and I think our team is, too."

Antonio Hanson led the Eagles with 16 points and five assists. Julian Allen added 14 points and seven rebounds and Sandy Perry scored 13.

Florida 88

Ga. Southern 81

Florida Gators men's basketball holds off Georgia Southern for sixth win in seven games 12/22/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 2:18pm]

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