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Friday March 17, 2000Men's Hoops Edges Butler 69-68 on Last Second Shot

Winston-Salem, NC

Sophomore forward Mike Miller made driving a lay-in as time expired in overtime to lift the fifth-seeded University of Flordia men's basketball team to a thrilling 69-68 win over 12th-seeded Butler in a first round game at the East Regional in Winston-Salem, North Carolina Friday afternoon. The dramatic finish led to a celebration on the floor, pictured here with Brett Nelson on top of the heap. (photo Craig Jones/ALLSPORT)

Butler's Lavall Jordan, an 83 percent free throw shooter, missed a pair of free throws with eight seconds left to set the Gators up for the game-winning shot.Miller released the ball with three-tenths of a second left on the game clock and the ball rolled in for the Gators' victory.

Excited teammates piled on top of Miller after the game. "I just remember yelling at everybody, I love 'em, man, I love 'em," said Miller. "It's something our team, maybe, can take and move on with it. Every game is making us a close-knit team".

Gator coach Billy Donovan said he felt for Butler and the disappointing loss they suffered. "I do have sympathy for Butler - cause its hard. I've been on a few of those. I'm glad we advanced and can move on".

Miller finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Senior guard Kenyan Weaks added 13 points and five rebounds. Sophomore center Udonis Haslem scored 10 points including a pair of free throws in the final seconds of regulation that tied the game up at 60-60 forcing overtime.

Andrew Graves led the Bulldogs with 20 points. Florida improved to 25-7 while Butler ended the season with a 23-8 record.

The Gators will now play Illinois in the second round of the East Regional Sunday afternoon at 2:20 pm Eastern time in Winston-Salem.

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