ON THIS DATE IN GATORS HISTORY: March 22, 2012
Freshman Bradley Beal had maybe the finest game of his short but spectacular career with the Gators.
Beal scored 21 points, making eight of his 10 field-goal attempts and going 3-for-5 from 3-point range, dished four assists, blocked two shots and came with a pair of steals to lead seventh-seeded Florida to a 68-58 upset of third-seeded Marquette in a West Region Sweet 16 matchup at USAirways Center in Phoenix.
The win improved UF to 26-10 and moved the Gators into a regional title game for the second straight season.
The Gators trailed by three points with just under four minutes to play in the first half when Beal started a 9-0 run with a trey. The momentum-stealing spurt sent UF into the locker room with a 36-30 lead and the Gators never trailed the rest of the way.
Beal’s backcourt mates Kenny Boynton and Erving Walker each scored 11 points. Forward Erik Murphy had seven points and 10 rebounds, while center Patric Young had seven points and nine rebounds.
UF held the Golden Eagles to 31-percent shooting -- the Gators blocked nine Marquette shots -- and out-rebounded one of the nation’s best teams on the boards 42-41.