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Roberson carries Florida to overtime win over Auburn

Anthony Roberson and Toney Douglas traded acrobatic shots, nifty moves and eye-catching 3-pointers.

Roberson won the duel, scoring 10 of his season-high 34 during overtime in Florida's 84-78 victory against Auburn on Wednesday.

"I just prayed to God that I made one more shot than he did," said Roberson, who fell one point shy of his career high.

The Gators opened the second half with a 19-6 run to build a 55-45 lead. But Quinnel Brown, Auburn's tallest starter at 6 feet 6, scored 13 in a row to bring the Tigers back.

And down 71-68 with 1.5 seconds left, Douglas, a freshman, caught a long inbounds pass from Brown, spun and drained it from in front of the Auburn bench to send it to overtime.

"I did not have a chance to square up to the basket," said Douglas, who scored 32, his third 30-point game. "I just took the shot, and I knew when it left my hands, it was going in."

Roberson and Douglas kept up their shootout after that, combining for 14 of the first 15 points of overtime.

Roberson made 6 of 10 3-pointers overall, including a 25-footer with 17 seconds left in the first half. He made the first of his two during overtime 32 seconds in. Douglas' 3-pointer brought Auburn to within 80-78 with 1:08 left.

After David Lee made two free throws to put Florida up four with 39 seconds left, Nathan Watson missed a 3-pointer, forcing Auburn to foul. Roberson made two more free throws with 19 seconds left, and Ian Young missed a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession to seal it for the Gators.

Roberson hadn't scored more than 22 this season but picked up the scoring slack with leading scorer Matt Walsh out with a high sprain and torn ligaments in his left ankle.

"I just put the game on my shoulders," said Roberson, one of three Gator starters who played overtime with four fouls. "I told myself that overtime had to be my overtime."

Douglas, meanwhile, scored the second-most points for an Auburn freshman in a conference game, behind Eddie Johnson's 38 against Florida in 1974.

"I don't know if I've ever seen a freshman in our league as good as him," Florida coach Billy Donovan said. "It's unbelievable the way he scores."


With Wednesday's win, the Gators have started 2-0 in SEC play for four consecutive seasons:


Arkansas 82-74

Auburn 84-78 +


South Carolina 65-62

Tennessee 95-57


Mississippi St. 74-66

Georgia 66-63


South Carolina 69-60

Tennessee 104-100 +

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