Casey Prather and Dorian Finney-Smith each scored 16 points and Florida withstood a challenge from heavy underdog Albany to earn a 67-55 victory in an NCAA Tournament South Region second-round clash.
The Gators' 27th consecutive win didn't come easy, as the 16th-seeded Great Danes tied the game at 39-39 with under 14 1/2 minutes left before Florida embarked on a 12-2 run that ultimately put the America East champions away, while enabling many a bracket filler to breathe a giant sigh of relief.
Florida (33-2), the No. 1 national seed, continues on to face ninth-seeded Pittsburgh in Saturday's third round after the Panthers blasted Colorado, 77-48, earlier in the day.
Patric Young added 10 points and 10 rebounds in the win, with Scottie Wilbekin and Kasey Hill also netting 10 points for the Gators.
Albany (19-15), which captured the America East Tournament as a No. 4 seed and reached Orlando via Tuesday's 71-64 triumph over Mount St. Mary's in the First Four, was paced by D.J. Evans' 21 points.