COL BKB: Louisville 72, Florida 68

March 24, 2012 at 7:57 PM   |   0 comments

PHOENIX, March 24 (UPI) -- Chane Behanan hit a go-ahead jumper en route to 17 points Saturday, boosting Louisville into the NCAA Tourney Final Four with a 72-68 win over Florida,

Behanan's shot with 1:04 remaining put the Cardinals (30-9) ahead for good, capping a rally that saw them storm back from an 11-point, second-half deficit.

Louisville's Russ Smith (19 points) hit two foul shots for a three-point advantage with 16 seconds left and the fourth-seeded Cardinals hung on after Bradley Beal and Erving Walker each missed 3-point tries for the Gators.

Louisville now goes to New Orleans where it will play the winner of the Kentucky-Baylor quarterfinal in one national semifinal.

Beal and Erik Murphy each netted 14 points for seventh-seeded Florida (26-11), which went 0-for-9 from beyond the arc in the second half.

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