Rapid reaction: Florida 77, Vanderbilt 66

March, 12, 2011
3/12/11
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ATLANTA -- Florida and Kentucky will play for the SEC tournament title on Sunday, after the Gators ran away from Vanderbilt 77-66 in the semifinals at the Georgia Dome on Saturday.

The Gators and Wildcats were the league’s hottest teams heading into the SEC tournament. Kentucky is the defending SEC tourney champions; Florida will be aiming for its first SEC tourney title since 2007.

Turning point: The Commodores cut Florida’s lead to 60-59 on Festus Ezeli’s dunk with 5:36 to play. But then Florida guard Kenny Boynton took over, scoring eight points on the next three trips. He sandwiched a pair of 3-pointers around a layup, and his second trey gave the Gators a 65-61 lead with 4:32 to play.

Key players: Boynton scored 24 points on 8-for-16 shooting, and backcourt mate Erving Walker added 17 points on 6-for-14 shooting. Forward Chandler Parsons had 16 points and nine rebounds.

Key stat: 11-21: Florida made 11 of 21 3-pointers, the most it has made in a game this season.

Miscellaneous: Vanderbilt guard John Jenkins scored 10 points on 3-for-15 shooting, including 2-for-12 on 3-pointers.

What’s next: Florida will play Kentucky in Sunday’s SEC tournament championship game. The Gators will be seeking their first SEC tournament title since winning three in a row from 2005-07. The Gators and Wildcats split their two regular-season meetings this season, with UF winning 70-68 in Gainesville, Fla., on Feb. 5 and UK winning 76-68 in Lexington, Ky., on Feb. 26.

Mark Schlabach | email

College Football and Basketball

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