Keyontae Johnson and Kerry Blackshear Jr. went to work early for the Gators with 19 and 18 points respectively. Tre Mann was the Gator’s next leading scorer with 13.
— Florida Gators Men’s Basketball (@GatorsMBK) February 23, 2020
Unfortunately, three people could not beat the entire Kentucky team and they fell 65-59.
How it Happened
Less than four minutes into the game, Scottie Lewis had to head to the bench with two early fouls. Two early turnovers from Florida gave Kentucky 4 points.
Blackshear led a 6-0 run by the Gators to tie it up at 8. With a little over seven minutes left, Kentucky led 21-18. Blackshear and Johnson combined for 16 of the Gators 18.
A three from Mann gives Florida its first lead at 23-21.
Despite being unranked, the Gators hung with No. 10 Kentucky and following a buzzer-beating three by Ques Glover the two teams were tied at 31 to go into halftime.
— Florida Gators Men’s Basketball (@GatorsMBK) February 22, 2020
To start the second half, Blackshear and Johnson continued where they left off in the first. However, an 8-0 run by Kentucky put the Gators down by a point at 41-40.
The Gators responded though with two back to back buckets from Blackshear and Mann. However, back-to-back three’s from the Wildcats forces Florida to call timeout.
Florida gets caught in a 5-minute drought, so Kentucky leads 52-44 with just under nine minutes to play. Mann makes another three to make the score 52-49 and end the Florida scoring drought with just under seven minutes to play.
With two minutes to play, Johnson scores to make it 58-53 but a last-second three from Kentucky puts them back up to 61.
With just 15.9 seconds left, the Gators found themselves within two. However, after an Andrew Nembhard turnover, the last-minute comeback just was not enough.
The Gators will return home on Wednesday to take on the LSU Tigers. Wednesday’s game will be a late one with tipoff set for 9 p.m.