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Gator Men’s Hoops Beats Dayton 62-52; Clinch first spot in Final Four

The Florida Gator men’s basketball team ends its three year losing streak in the Elite Eight and clinches a spot in the Final Four with a 62-52 victory over the Dayton Flyers Saturday in Memphis.

The Gators finished with three players in double figures led by senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin who finished with 23 points. The Gators shot 37 percent from the floor on the night and 33 percent from beyond the arc. The Gators were also big winners inside, out rebounding Dayton 37-26 and finishing with 24 points in the paint compared to the Flyers’ 18.

Dayton finished with two players in double figures, led by sophomore Dyshawn Pierre who ended the night with 18 points.

Although Dayton finished with a better shooting percentage from the field overall and from deep, the Gators were able to get to the free throw line 28 times, the Flyers only eight.

Wilbekin and Michael Frazier II made the All Region Team as well but most importantly, this “core four” gets to the Final Four for the first time.  

Up next for the Gators will be a match up against either UConn or Michigan State in the Final Four on Saturday.

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