March 14, 2014
No. 1 Florida 72, Mizzou 49
|No. 1 Florida (30-2)||29||43||72|
|Rebounds (Off.)||30 (4)||35 (10)|
|Two with||1||Blocks||1||Two with|
ATLANTA - Mizzou Basketball went toe-to-toe with the nation's No. 1 team for 30 minutes before the Florida Gators pulled away in to post a 72-49 win in the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament Friday.
Jabari Brown led all scorers with 18 points, but Florida - on the strength of 12-of-21 shooting from downtown - used a 23-4 run down the stretch put the game out of reach.
Earnest Ross helped the Tigers (22-11) get off to a quick start, scoring the team's first five points. After two jumpers from Jordan Clarkson and a tough bucket down low from freshman Torren Jones, Mizzou held an early 11-7 advantage.
The Gators hit four threes in a five-minute span in the first half, allowing them to establish a 25-19 lead. Missouri continued to battle though, as Brown dished to Keanau Post for a momentum-shifting dunk. The rest of the half was a back-and-forth affair. With the Tigers trailing by two, Clarkson drove to the lane and found Ryan Rosburg wide open for a jam as the halftime horn sounded. The game was knotted at 29 heading into the break.
Florida (30-2) started the second half on a 7-0 run, but again Missouri answered. The Mizzou guards continued to attack the basket hard, earning trips to the free-throw line and converting. The Tigers went 16-for-19 from the charity stripe on the afternoon. Another Clarkson runner in the lane sliced the Gators' lead to 38-36 with 11:58 left.
That's when Florida made its move behind hot shooting from guards Scottie Wilbekin and Michael Frazier II. The duo combined for 30 points and combined for 10 treys. The Gators seized momentum and never looked back.
With the loss, the Tigers are eliminated from the SEC tournament and await their postseason fate Sunday night.
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