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COL BKB: Florida 57, Vanderbilt 54

Feb. 25, 2014 at 9:44 PM

NASHVILLE, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Dorian Finney-Smith's 3-pointer with 30.6 seconds remaining Tuesday enabled No.1 Florida to hang on for a 20th straight victory, 57-54 over Vanderbilt.

The Gators (26-2, 15-0 SEC) nearly squandered an eight-point lead over the final 5 1/2 minutes, allowing the Commodores to pull within a point, 54-53, on a pair of Kyle Fuller free throws with 1 minute left.

But Finney-Smith (19 points, nine rebounds) connected from long range on the next possession, putting Florida ahead by five.

Fuller responded with a layup and the Gators' Scottie Wilbekin managed to hit just 1-of-2 free throws with 10 seconds to go, giving the Commodores one last chance.

Fuller, however, was off the mark on a 3-point try, allowing the Florida to extend the best start in program history.

Patric Young added 12 points and seven rebounds.

Vanderbilt (15-12, 7-8) was led by Rod Odom with 12 points.

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