facebook
twitter
search
search

Florida Gators defeat UCLA 79-68

Another Florida-UCLA meeting in the NCAA Tournament went the way of the Gators.
By The Sports Network March 28, 2014 at 12:31 AM

Another Florida-UCLA meeting in the NCAA Tournament went the way of the Gators.

Michael Frazier II made five 3-pointers and scored a team-high 19 points and top-seeded Florida ousted the Bruins for the fourth time in the past eight years with a tense 79-68 victory in a familiar Sweet 16 showdown.

Florida has now reached the Elite Eight four straight years, and while the previous three all ended in defeats, the Gators get another shot at a Final Four appearance on Saturday against upstart Dayton. The 11th-seeded Flyers beat Stanford, 82-72, in Thursday's other South Region matchup at FedExForum.

The nightcap was a tight affair despite what the final score may indicate and the fact that Gators (35-2) never trailed in the second half.

UCLA (28-9) was within one with 10 minutes to go before SEC Player of the Year Scottie Wilbekin stepped up and scored eight of his 13 points in the final six-plus minutes to help Florida pull away for its 29th consecutive win.

Casey Prather added 12 points and Dorian Finney-Smith netted 10 in the win.

Jordan Adams led the Bruins with 17 points, while Travis Wear had 14 for the Pac-12 Tournament champions, who also lost to Florida in the 2006 title game, the 2007 Final Four and the 2011 round-of-32.

[SportsNetwork.com]

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Cincinnati Reds claim rare series win vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Los Angeles Dodgers trade for Mat Latos, Mike Morse from Miami Marlins
Baltimore Orioles blank Atlanta Braves to sweep series
San Francisco Giants' Peavy, three relievers shut out Milwaukee Brewers
Robert Kraft rips commissioner, calls Tom Brady's ban 'unfathomable'