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February 25, 2014

Instant Analysis: Gators clinch share of SEC title



The last time Florida went to Vanderbilt as No. 1, it wasn't pretty. Tuesday night's game isn't going to place in any beauty contests, but the No. 1 Gators (26-2, 15-0 Southeastern Conference) won again, this time 57-54 inside Memorial Gym. Instant Analysis takes a look.

IT WAS OVER WHEN: Florida survived again. Kyle Fuller missed what would have been a game-tying 3-pointer with just seconds remaining in the game. A put-back attempt also missed, as Casey Prather secured the game-winning rebound when the buzzer sounded.

HE STOLE THE SHOW: Dorian Finney-Smith disposed of his offensive slump just in time. On a night when Florida's starting five accounted for just 32 points, it was the sixth man who took over. His scoring was spearheaded by three 3s and two 3-point plays en route to a 19-point, nine-rebound evening.

THE STAT DOESN'T LIE: A glance at the score sheet and the Commodores had one hell of an offensive game. They shot 44.4 percent from beyond the arc and 48.8 percent from the field. But one quick way to negate those numbers is to turn the ball over 16 times. Vanderbilt too often struggled to find any rhythm thanks to Florida's full-court press and trap defense. The Commodores had 10 turnovers in the first half. The biggest reason that didn't lead to an easier Gators win? Florida turned the ball over 11 times.

WHAT A PLAY: Scottie Wilbekin is supposed to be the guy Florida goes to when it needs a big shot. So when the Gators had the ball in the final minute up two, the Commodores dedicated two men to him. Florida doesn't run off one man. Wilbekin dished the ball to Finney-Smith, a player who recently ended an 0-for-22 skid from beyond the arc, for a 3-pointer that helped seal the game with 30.6 seconds left.

THE BOTTOM LINE: The way Vanderbilt played for large stretches of Tuesday night's game, it should have only taken cruise control for Florida to coast to victory. Not so fast. The Gators had another one of those offensive nights that repeatedly kept the opposition in contention for a victory and forced Florida to operate a manual transmission. The 2-3 zone gave them trouble and too many possessions just didn't click. It's win No. 20 in a row that clinches at least a share of the SEC title but another night that will leave Billy Donovan with plenty to critique.

UP NEXT: The O'Connell Center will see its first game in 10 days as Florida hosts LSU (16-10, 7-7 SEC).


Official Basketball Box Score
Florida vs Vanderbilt
2/25/14 6 p.m. at Nashville, Tenn. (Memorial Gym)


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VISITORS: Florida 26-2, 15-0 SEC
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
04 Young, Patric....... f  5-12   0-0    2-2    6  1  7   1  12  0  2  0  0  28
15 Yeguete, Will....... f  1-3    0-1    0-0    1  2  3   5   2  2  1  0  2  21
24 Prather, Casey...... f  1-5    0-0    0-0    2  4  6   2   2  3  3  1  4  30
05 Wilbekin, Scottie... g  3-10   1-6    0-1    0  0  0   1   7  5  1  0  1  38
20 Frazier, Michael.... g  3-8    2-7    1-2    0  6  6   0   9  1  2  0  0  35
10 Finney-Smith, Dorian    6-11   3-6    4-7    3  6  9   3  19  1  2  0  0  28
23 Walker, Chris.......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  0  0  0   1
25 Walker, DeVon.......    2-3    2-2    0-0    1  0  1   0   6  0  0  0  1  19
   TEAM................
   Totals..............   21-52   8-22   7-12  13 19 32  13  57 12 11  1  8 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-27 44.4%   2nd Half:  9-25 36.0%   Game: 40.4%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  4-11 36.4%   2nd Half:  4-11 36.4%   Game: 36.4%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  4-6  66.7%   2nd Half:  3-6  50.0%   Game: 58.3%    1


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HOME TEAM: Vanderbilt 15-12, 7-8 SEC
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
00 ODOM, Rod........... f  4-10   3-7    1-2    0  0  0   3  12  2  1  0  1  40
35 SIAKAM, James....... f  1-1    0-0    0-0    0  4  4   4   2  1  0  1  2  18
30 JONES, Damian....... c  4-8    0-0    1-2    0  2  2   3   9  0  2  1  0  30
11 FULLER, Kyle........ g  3-6    0-2    3-4    0  3  3   2   9  2  4  0  1  24
24 PARKER, Dai-Jon..... g  4-10   2-4    1-3    2  4  6   0  11  3  4  0  1  36
03 KORNET, Luke........    3-4    2-3    0-0    0  2  2   1   8  0  2  0  0  11
14 JOSEPHS, Carter.....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  3  3   1   0  2  0  0  1  20
34 MOATS, Shelby.......    1-2    1-2    0-0    2  1  3   2   3  1  1  0  0  21
   TEAM................                            3  3             2
   Totals..............   20-41   8-18   6-11   4 22 26  16  54 11 16  2  6 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 10-20 50.0%   2nd Half: 10-21 47.6%   Game: 48.8%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  4-10 40.0%   2nd Half:  4-8  50.0%   Game: 44.4%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  1-2  50.0%   2nd Half:  5-9  55.6%   Game: 54.5%    3


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Officials: Doug Shows, Pat Adams, Mike Kitts
Technical fouls: Florida-None. Vanderbilt-None.
Attendance: 11132
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Florida.......................   32   25  -   57
Vanderbilt....................   25   29  -   54

Points in the paint-UF 18,VU 16. Points off turnovers-UF 17,VU 11.
2nd chance points-UF 13,VU 1. Fast break points-UF 4,VU 4.
Bench points-UF 25,VU 11. Score tied-4 times. Lead changed-4 times.
Last FG-UF 2nd-00:32, VU 2nd-00:18.
Largest lead-UF by 12 2nd-13:51, VU by 2 1st-14:35.


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