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Top-seeded Florida pulls away, beats Albany 67-55

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Albany guard Peter Hooley (12) drives to the basket as Florida center Patric Young (4) defends during the first half of a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament on Thursday, March 20, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) Albany guard Peter Hooley (12) drives to the basket as Florida center Patric Young (4) defends during the first half of a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament on Thursday, March 20, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Dorian Finney-Smith scored 16 points, most of them on dunks, and top-seeded Florida used a second-half surge to beat No. 16 seed Albany 67-55 in the NCAA tournament Thursday.

The Gators (33-2) showed some vulnerability, though, while extending their school-record winning streak to 27 games.

Coach Billy Donovan's team sleepwalked through the first half, swapping the lead back and forth with the pesky Great Danes, but Florida's bench provided a much-needed spark.

Finney-Smith, the Southeastern Conference's sixth man of the year, was 6-of-10 shooting. Freshman guard Kasey Hill, who wasn't sure he would be able to play because of turf toe, chipped in 10 points.

Patric Young finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds, his first double-double of the season. Casey Prather (16 points) and Scottie Wilbekin (10) also reached double figures for Florida, which will play ninth-seeded Pittsburgh in the South Region on Saturday.

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