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Late 3s help Florida Gators beat Auburn Tigers 45-40

AUBURN, Ala. — Florida coach Billy Donovan watched in dismay as his players put up one errant shot after another in a team-wide cold spell.

Then, Erving Walker scored five points over the final 1:11 to help rescue the Gators in a 45-40 win over Auburn on Thursday night, when they hardly looked like the SEC's most accurate shooting team (46.9 percent coming in).

"It was one of the best wins I have been a part of because I don't know if I have ever been a part of the game sitting on the sidelines as a player or coach watching us struggle to shoot the ball as badly as we did," he said. "It was unbelievable."

The Gators (14-4, 3-1 SEC) shot 28 percent but scored the final eight points. It was the fewest points Florida has scored under Donovan, who's in his 15th year and was coaching his 488th game with the team.

Kenny Boynton hit a 3-pointer to tie it with 1:50 left, then Walker hit a 3 and two final free throws.

"That was a terrible shooting display by us, but we hung in there," Walker said.

The Tigers (7-11, 0-4) hadn't had a lower output since a 38-36 overtime victory over Mississippi State in the 1982 SEC tournament. The Gators' previous low was 54 in a loss to UCF on Dec. 1.

"I've never been a part of holding a team to 28 percent and losing," Auburn coach Tony Barbee said. "Never been a part of that.''

Florida 45

Auburn 40

Late 3s help Florida Gators beat Auburn Tigers 45-40 01/20/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 5:12pm]
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