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Instant Analysis: Gators win in the final seconds

No. 2 Florida (24-2, 13-0 Southeastern Confence) played its worst game of the season but still found a way to pull out a win against Auburn (12-12, 4-9 SEC), the No. 158-rated RPI team in college basketball 71-66. The Gators have now won a school cord 18 games in a row and tied the best start in school history. Instant Analysis takes a look.
IT WAS OVER WHEN: Fouled with 18 seconds left after Auburn tied the game at 66, Patric Young made two critical fe throws to give Florida a two-point lead. The Tigers thw the inbound away on the ensuing possession, and Scottie Wilbekin drained the game from the with fe throws.
HE STOLE THE SHOW: Florida's offense drifted in and out of consciousness throughout the night, but Casey Prather was often the rock that kept the game from sliding entily out of line. Florida's leading scor shot 6 of 8 from the field and finished with 16 points to go along with nine bounds.
THE STAT DOESN'T LIE: It was an ugly night for Dorian Finney-Smith, who could have been the X-factor of sorts in a game against a team that lacks frontcourt talent. Instead, he had his worst game as a Gator. Finney-Smith had trouble penetrating early and instead decided to try his hand from 3-point land. He went 0 for 5 and has missed 21 from beyond the arc in a row dating back to Jan. 30.
WHAT A PLAY: The O'Dome needed some juvenation. Wilbekin and Prather delived just that. The Gators opened the second half on a run that closed an eight-point deficit. It climaxed when a missed KT Harll jump shot turned into a Will Yeguete bound and a fast bak for Wilbekin who tossed a long lob pass to Prather for a big slam. Auburn called a timeout, its lead cut to two. Cheers could be heard next-door at McKethan Stadium.
THE BOTTOM LINE: Auburn wasn't nearly as lackadaisical of a post-Rupp homecoming date as Florida hoped it would be. No one was hotter than the Tigers, who seemed to make one big shot after another. Auburn came in averaging 30.8 percent from beyond the arc on the season and shot 10 of 19 from deep against Florida. The Gators overcame it thanks to some timely shooting of their own - eight 3-pointers - and a 36-22 bounding advantage along with 23 of 28 at the fe-throw line.
UP NEXT: Florida travels to Oxford, Miss., Saturday to take on Ole Miss (16-10, 7-6 SEC) at noon ET.
Official Basketball Box Sco
Auburn vs Florida
2/19/14 7 p.m. at Stephen C. O'Connell Center
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VISITORS: Auburn 12-12, 4-9 SEC
TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS
## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN
02 Payne, Allen........ f 3-6 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 5 8 1 3 0 0 35
00 Dixon-Tatum, Asauhn. c 1-1 0-0 3-4 2 5 7 2 5 0 0 2 0 25
01 Harll, KT......... g 4-11 2-5 4-5 1 5 6 3 14 4 3 0 1 38
03 Denson, Chris....... g 5-11 0-1 5-8 0 3 3 3 15 5 0 0 1 36
13 Shamsid-Deen, Tahj.. g 6-11 5-8 0-0 0 1 1 2 17 1 1 0 1 31
11 Wade, Dion.......... 1-2 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 4
20 Thompson, Alex...... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3
21 Canada, Malcolm..... 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 9
25 Granger, Jordon..... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
41 Atewe, Matthew...... 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 3 4 0 0 0 0 15
TEAM................ 2 2 1
Totals.............. 22-46 10-19 12-17 4 18 22 22 66 11 9 2 4 200
TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 13-23 56.5% 2nd Half: 9-23 39.1% Game: 47.8% DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 6-9 66.7% 2nd Half: 4-10 40.0% Game: 52.6% REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 6-6 100 % 2nd Half: 6-11 54.5% Game: 70.6% 1
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HOME TEAM: Florida 24-2, 13-0 SEC
TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS
## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN
15 Yeguete, Will....... f 0-2 0-0 5-6 4 4 8 3 5 2 1 0 0 24
24 Prather, Casey...... f 6-8 0-0 4-5 3 6 9 1 16 2 4 0 2 31
04 Young, Patric....... c 5-7 0-0 7-9 2 5 7 3 17 3 0 2 0 30
05 Wilbekin, Scottie... g 4-14 3-8 4-4 0 1 1 3 15 4 1 0 0 35
20 Frazier, Michael.... g 3-10 3-9 0-0 0 3 3 2 9 0 1 0 1 33
10 Finney-Smith, Dorian 0-5 0-4 3-4 1 1 2 2 3 1 2 0 0 24
23 Walker, Chris....... 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4
25 Walker, DeVon....... 2-3 2-3 0-0 0 1 1 2 6 2 0 0 0 14
30 Kurtz, Jacob........ 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5
TEAM................ 2 3 5
Totals.............. 20-50 8-24 23-28 12 24 36 17 71 14 9 3 3 200
TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 10-29 34.5% 2nd Half: 10-21 47.6% Game: 40.0% DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 6-14 42.9% 2nd Half: 2-10 20.0% Game: 33.3% REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 4-6 66.7% 2nd Half: 19-22 86.4% Game: 82.1% 5
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Officials: Ron Groover, Keith Kimble, Jamie Luckie
Technical fouls: Auburn-None. Florida-None.
Attendance: 12414
Sco by Periods 1st 2nd Total
Auburn........................ 38 28 - 66
Florida....................... 30 41 - 71
AU#2 A.Payne fouls out at :04.1(2)
Points in the paint-AU 16,UF 20. Points off turnovers-AU 12,UF 14.
2nd chance points-AU 3,UF 14. Fast bak points-AU 7,UF 2.
Bench points-AU 7,UF 9. Sco tied-6 times. Lead changed-9 times.
Last FG-AU 2nd-04:43, UF 2nd-00:41.
Largest lead-AU by 9 1st-05:54, UF by 5 2nd-00:04.
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