GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Drew Smith beat the winner of the game by coming out of the main position glass by 0.7 seconds, and Missouri beat Florida 72-70 on Wednesday night, the first time the Tigers have ever won in Gainesville.
Florida played 4-0 at home to Missouri էր 10 points, struggling to close 8-0 throughout the second half և 18 seconds left 70-70.
Drew Smith had 17 points, nine assists, six steals to lead Missouri (15-7, 8-7 South East Conference), Mitchell Smith with 14 and Mark Smith with 11. Xavier Pinson scored 14, scoring four 3 points. , and rem Jeremiah Tilmon added 12 points.
Tilmon’s fifth foul sent Colin Castleton of Florida to the goal line, where he slammed the equalizer. Castleton scored 10 points, all in the second half, as part of the Gators (13-7, 9-6), putting 4 to 4.
Tre Mann scored 21 points to lead Florida, Thierry Apple added 12 with 5 assists and Noah Locke added 11.
Missouri took a 36-29 lead, beating Drew Smith by 15-4. Mitchell Smith pushed the “Tigers” to 10, opening the second half with 3 points.
In the middle of the second half, the Gators won 49-47 with a three-pointer from Appleby, remaining within five or six points as the teams exchanged points.
Florida finally lost the basket when Anthony Duruji was knocked down, Mitsu turned the ball around with a poor pass, as a result of which Locke arranged the score of the game, making it 58-57.
But Pinson, who made a bad pass, removed the 3, the “Tigers” took the defensive kick, again taking the lead 63-57. Mitzu tied the lead with eight, followed by another Mitchell Smith 3.
That was when the Gators were pushing back 8-0 in just two minutes.
Drew Smith’s six steals were the most in Tiger’s game since 2014 since Wes Clark (6).
The Tigers are returning home, the LPU will be held on Saturday to close the regular season. Florida travels to Tennessee on Sunday to finish the regular season games.
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