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Saturday, March 30, 2013
Rapid Reax: Florida 62, Fla. Gulf Coast 50

By Jason King


 
ARLINGTON, Texas -- A quick look at Florida's 62-50 victory over Florida Gulf Coast in a South Regional semifinal Friday at Cowboys Stadium:

Overview: FGCU's moment in the national spotlight is over. At least for this season. The first No. 15 seed in history to advance to the Sweet 16 saw its magical NCAA tournament run end at the hands of the third-seeded Gators.

The Eagles (26-11) committed 20 turnovers against Florida's menacing defense and never could respond after the Gators closed the first half on a 16-2 run. Michael Frazier II made back-to-back 3-pointers to ignite Florida's march, which turned a 24-14 deficit into a 30-26 lead.

Florida (29-7) surged ahead by as many as 13 points in the second half, but Andy Enfield's FGCU team kept the score respectable and never completely went away.

The Gators advanced to play Michigan in the South Regional final at 2:20 p.m. ET Sunday at Cowboys Stadium. This will mark the third consecutive season Billy Donovan's squad has appeared in the Elite Eight. Florida has not advanced to the Final Four since 2007.

Key player: Mike Rosario scored 15 points for Florida and Scottie Wilbekin added 13. Sherwood Brown (14 points), Chase Fieler (12) and Christophe Varidel (10) tallied double figures for Florida Gulf Coast.

Key stat(s): Florida forced 20 turnovers and won the battle of the offensive boards, 13-5.