The Florida Gator men’s basketball team lost at the buzzer in Tallahassee when junior forward Jacob Kurtz tipped an errant last shot by the Seminoles’ Devon Bookert into the basket with .4 seconds remaining, giving Florida State a 65-63 victory on Tuesday night.
The Gator offense was inconsistent throughout the contest, as Florida went for stretches of nearly four minutes without a made field goal to start and end the first half. Midway through the second half, Florida allowed FSU to go on a 14-2 run that lasted nearly seven minutes.
Sophomore point guard Kasey Hill was a bright spot for the Gators, scoring a team-high 17 points while converting 7 of 9 field goal attempts and going 3 for 3 from the free throw line. Forward Dorian Finney-Smith and guard Michael Frazier II joined Hill in double figures, scoring 14 and 11 points respectively.
Florida trailed by five points with 49 seconds remaining but tied the game after a Hill and-one layup was followed by a lay in from Finney-Smith off of a lob from Hill with eight seconds left, setting up the last second blunder.
The Gators will return to the court on Saturday, when they take on the U-Conn Huskies at home. Tip off is scheduled for 2 p.m.