Quantcast

Auburn's upset bid falls short against No. 2 Florida - abc27 WHTM

Auburn's upset bid falls short against No. 2 Florida

Posted: Updated:
Patric Young made a pair of free throws with 19 seconds left and Auburn threw the ball away on the ensuing inbounds play, helping the second-ranked Gators to a 71-66 victory on Wednesday night. Patric Young made a pair of free throws with 19 seconds left and Auburn threw the ball away on the ensuing inbounds play, helping the second-ranked Gators to a 71-66 victory on Wednesday night.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Patric Young made a pair of free throws with 19 seconds left and Auburn threw the ball away on the ensuing inbounds play, helping the second-ranked Gators to a 71-66 victory on Wednesday night.

With No. 1 Syracuse losing to Boston College 62-59 in overtime, Florida could move into the top spot in The Associated Press college basketball poll for the first time since the 2006-07 season.

The victory was Florida's school-record 18th in a row and it kept the Gators (24-2, 13-0) perfect in Southeastern Conference play. It was also Florida's 31st consecutive home victory.

Young led the Gators with 17 points, all in the second half, and had seven rebounds. Casey Prather scored 16 points and Scottie Wilbekin had 15.

Tahj Shamsid-Deen led Auburn (12-12, 4-9) with 17 points. Chris Denson had 15 and K.T. Harrell 14.

After Young's free throws put the Gators ahead 68-66, Harrell glanced up-court and never saw Allen Payne's inbounds pass. The ball bounced out of bounds and the Gators sealed the victory from the free throw line.

Auburn nearly pulled the upset because of its 3-point shooting. The Tigers made 10 of 19 3-point shots, although they cooled off somewhat in the second half and made only 4 of 10. Auburn led 38-30 at halftime thanks to six 3-pointers. The eight-point deficit was Florida's largest halftime deficit of the season. The Gators' previous largest deficit was three points against Missouri, Kentucky and Wisconsin.

Auburn led by as much as eight points early in the second half but the Gators worked their way back and the teams traded the lead into the final minute.

Auburn guard KT Harrell (1) tries to get past Florida forward Casey Prather (24) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday Feb. 19, 2014 in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

Florida took a 66-65 lead on Michael Frazier's 3-pointer with 40.5 seconds to play, but the Tigers tied the game on a free throw by Denson with 20 seconds remaining. Young grabbed the rebound on the missed foul shot and was immediately fouled.

Young, a 55.9 percent career free throw shooter, hit his two free throws to give the Gators the lead for good. He added another free throw with four seconds to play to cap a monster second half.

Young grabbed six of his seven rebounds in the final 20 minutes. He missed his only shot from the floor in the first half and made 5 of 6 shots in the second half. The 17 points tied a season high.

Florida's last loss came on Dec. 2, 2013, against Connecticut.

  • University of Alabama SportsMore>>

  • Alabama lands commitment from 4-star Joshua McMillon

    Alabama lands commitment from 4-star Joshua McMillon

    Friday, August 22 2014 5:33 PM EDT2014-08-22 21:33:06 GMT
    Alabama's recruiting class is getting crowded. Four-star linebacker Joshua McMillon committed to the Tide, who already have 21 verbal commitments for it's 2015 class. The 6-foot-3, 239-pound player from Whitehaven High School in Memphis, Ten. is the No. 217 player in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite ranking. McMillon picked Alabama over offers from Auburn, Ole Miss and Michigan."Alabama, the name sticks out," McMillon said on the ESPN broadcast. "They're taking linebackers to t...More >>
    Alabama's recruiting class is getting crowded. Four-star linebacker Joshua McMillon committed to the Tide, who already have 21 verbal commitments for it's 2015 class. The 6-foot-3, 239-pound player from Whitehaven High School in Memphis, Ten. is the No. 217 player in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite ranking. McMillon picked Alabama over offers from Auburn, Ole Miss and Michigan."Alabama, the name sticks out," McMillon said on the ESPN broadcast. "They're taking linebackers to t...More >>
  • Alabama narrows focus on West Virginia

    Alabama narrows focus on West Virginia

    Alabama begins to narrow its focus on the season opener against West Virginia.More >>
  • Alabama's Nick Saban, Landon Collins named to 2014 Playboy All America Team

    Alabama's Nick Saban, Landon Collins named to 2014 Playboy All America Team

    Thursday, August 21 2014 4:13 PM EDT2014-08-21 20:13:08 GMT
    Playboy Magazine released its annual Pigskin Preview Wednesday including its preseason Top 10 college football teams in the country and 2014 All America Team.Alabama is ranked No. 4, three spots behind top-ranked Florida State and four spots ahead of rival Auburn. The Crimson Tide's Nick Saban was pegged as Playboy's preseason Coach of the Year, and safety Landon Collins was one of four defensive backs selected to the All America Team.Playboy Preseason Top 10No. 1 FSUNo. 2 OregonNo. 3 Ohio St...More >>
    Playboy Magazine released its annual Pigskin Preview Wednesday including its preseason Top 10 college football teams in the country and 2014 All America Team.Alabama is ranked No. 4, three spots behind top-ranked Florida State and four spots ahead of rival Auburn. The Crimson Tide's Nick Saban was pegged as Playboy's preseason Coach of the Year, and safety Landon Collins was one of four defensive backs selected to the All America Team.Playboy Preseason Top 10No. 1 FSUNo. 2 OregonNo. 3 Ohio St...More >>
  • UAB SportsMore>>

  • UAB guard Chad Frazier granted his release from basketball program

    UAB guard Chad Frazier granted his release from basketball program

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:12 PM EDT2014-07-29 23:12:02 GMT
    The leading scorer on the UAB basketball team is leaving the program. Guard Chad Frazier was granted his release and will not return."Chad Frazier has been granted his release from our program," head coach Jerod Haase said in a statement. "We appreciate his contributions to our program and wish him the best." Frazier, a first team All-Conference USA selection, was arrested last month and charged with third degree domestic violence. The case was later dismissed.Frazier played one season at UAB...More >>
    The leading scorer on the UAB basketball team is leaving the program. Guard Chad Frazier was granted his release and will not return."Chad Frazier has been granted his release from our program," head coach Jerod Haase said in a statement. "We appreciate his contributions to our program and wish him the best." Frazier, a first team All-Conference USA selection, was arrested last month and charged with third degree domestic violence. The case was later dismissed.Frazier played one season at UAB...More >>
  • UAB grants Chad Frazier release from scholarship

    UAB grants Chad Frazier release from scholarship

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:58 PM EDT2014-07-29 19:58:33 GMT
    UAB has granted All-Conference USA point guard Chad Frazier a release from his scholarship.More >>
    UAB has granted All-Conference USA point guard Chad Frazier a release from his scholarship.More >>
  • Roddy White gets three-year extension from Atlanta Falcons

    Roddy White gets three-year extension from Atlanta Falcons

    Thursday, July 24 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-07-24 20:58:02 GMT
    Roddy White is set to sign a contract extension that will keep him in Atlanta for four more seasons.More >>
    Roddy White is set to sign a contract extension that will keep him in Atlanta for four more seasons.More >>
  • Latest StoriesMore>>

  • Ebola: Care and recovery of 2 American aid workers

    Ebola: Care and recovery of 2 American aid workers

    Friday, August 22 2014 5:35 PM EDT2014-08-22 21:35:16 GMT
    Two American aid workers have recovered from Ebola and left an Atlanta hospital, after weeks of intensive treatment in a special isolation unit.More >>
    Two American aid workers have recovered from Ebola and left an Atlanta hospital, after weeks of intensive treatment in a special isolation unit.More >>
  • Alabama lands commitment from 4-star Joshua McMillon

    Alabama lands commitment from 4-star Joshua McMillon

    Friday, August 22 2014 5:33 PM EDT2014-08-22 21:33:06 GMT
    Alabama's recruiting class is getting crowded. Four-star linebacker Joshua McMillon committed to the Tide, who already have 21 verbal commitments for it's 2015 class. The 6-foot-3, 239-pound player from Whitehaven High School in Memphis, Ten. is the No. 217 player in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite ranking. McMillon picked Alabama over offers from Auburn, Ole Miss and Michigan."Alabama, the name sticks out," McMillon said on the ESPN broadcast. "They're taking linebackers to t...More >>
    Alabama's recruiting class is getting crowded. Four-star linebacker Joshua McMillon committed to the Tide, who already have 21 verbal commitments for it's 2015 class. The 6-foot-3, 239-pound player from Whitehaven High School in Memphis, Ten. is the No. 217 player in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite ranking. McMillon picked Alabama over offers from Auburn, Ole Miss and Michigan."Alabama, the name sticks out," McMillon said on the ESPN broadcast. "They're taking linebackers to t...More >>
  • Firefighters still in hospital after ice stunt

    Firefighters still in hospital after ice stunt

    Friday, August 22 2014 5:16 PM EDT2014-08-22 21:16:16 GMT
    A charity stunt that has grown into a social media phenomenon went terribly wrong for four Kentucky firefighters when a fire truck's ladder got too close to a power line after they dumped water on college...More >>
    Two central Kentucky firefighters are still hospitalized a day after they were shocked by a power line while helping out with an "ice bucket challenge."More >>
  • Man charged in funeral home theft

    Man charged in funeral home theft

    Friday, August 22 2014 4:38 PM EDT2014-08-22 20:38:34 GMT
    Jerry William Duke charged with two counts of third degree burglaryJerry William Duke charged with two counts of third degree burglary
    A Shelby County man is in custody after police say he stole from the same funeral home twice. 32-year-old Jerry William Duke has been charged with two counts of third degree burglary. An undisclosed amount of money was taken from the funeral home in both instances.The two break ins occurred at the Midway Memory Gardens funeral home off of Alabama Highway 21 in Talladega County. Captain John McCoy with Talladega police confirm that Jerry Duke broke into the main building of the funeral home...More >>
    A Shelby County man is in custody after police say he stole from the same funeral home twice. 32-year-old Jerry William Duke has been charged with two counts of third degree burglary. An undisclosed amount of money was taken from the funeral home in both instances.The two break ins occurred at the Midway Memory Gardens funeral home off of Alabama Highway 21 in Talladega County. Captain John McCoy with Talladega police confirm that Jerry Duke broke into the main building of the funeral home...More >>
  • Alabama high school football scores from Thursday night, August 21

    Alabama high school football scores from Thursday night, August 21

    Friday, August 22 2014 4:13 PM EDT2014-08-22 20:13:27 GMT
    Alabama high school football scores from Thursday night via the AHSAA:More >>
    Alabama high school football scores from Thursday night via the AHSAA:More >>
  • Friday Night Rivals Game of the Week: Walker at Pell City Aug. 22

    Friday Night Rivals Game of the Week: Walker at Pell City Aug. 22

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:41 PM EDT2014-08-22 19:41:00 GMT
    Friday Night Rivals kicks off the 2014 high school football season tonight in Pell City, where the Panthers will host the Walker Vikings in the Game of the Week.More >>
    Friday Night Rivals kicks off the 2014 high school football season tonight in Pell City, where the Panthers will host the Walker Vikings in the Game of the Week.
    More >>
  • Samford students move in

    Samford students move in

    Friday, August 22 2014 9:11 AM EDT2014-08-22 13:11:21 GMT
    700 freshmen move into their residence halls today at Samford. They will be greeted by volunteers and the Samford football team who will help them move all their stuff into their rooms.More >>
    700 freshmen move into their residence halls today at Samford. They will be greeted by volunteers and the Samford football team who will help them move all their stuff into their rooms.More >>
  • Fridays to Go August 22 - 24

    Fridays to Go August 22 - 24

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:36 AM EDT2014-08-22 12:36:23 GMT
    Area events for the weekendMore >>
    Area events for the weekend
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow