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Gator Men’s Hoops Survives Trip To Tennessee With 67-58 Win

The Florida men’s basketball team won its 16th straight game Tuesday night with a 67-58 road win over Tennessee in Knoxville.

Third ranked Florida is now 22-2 overall and 11-0 in the SEC while Tennessee falls to 15-9 and to 6-5 in SEC play.

Tennessee, after being blown out in Gainesville earlier in the year, came out aggressively and led by one at halftime 34-33 and the second half was back and forth as well.

It stayed that way for most of the second half but in the last two and a half minutes of the game, the Gators made several clutch plays to pull out the win.

Guard Scottie Wilbekin, who led Florida with a career high 21 points, hit a 3 pointer with just under two and a half minutes to go in the game that stopped Tennessee momentum.  Shortly after, two huge offensive rebounds by Patric Young and Dorian Finney-Smith allowed the Gators to extend possessions, bleed the clock, and to salt away the game at the free throw line.

After being outrebounded in Gainesville, Florida outrebounded a very good rebounding Tennessee team 39-32, grabbing 18 offensive boards in the process.

Florida next plays at Kentucky on Saturday night.

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