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Sunday March 26, 2000Gators beat Ok State 77-65, advance to Final Four

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The Gators' men's basketball team beat Oklahoma State 77-65 to advance to the Final Four. Mike Miller scored 14 points including a clutch 3-pointer during a 14-4 second-half run by the Gators. A one-handed dunk by Donnell Harvey gave the Gators a 70-57 lead with 3:21 left in the game, in which the Gators were able to overcome 22 turnovers. "His energy completely opened up the game for us," said head coach Billy Donovan. "The rebounding, the putbacks, he made a couple of free throws, the jam when he ran around a guy - he completely opened the game for us." Udonis Haslem (pictured)and the rest of the team cut down the net after the big victory. The Gators built a 43-31 halftime lead and increased it to 17 points in the second half before the Cowboys mounted a comeback. They went on a 20-6 run and trimmed the Gator lead to just 56-53 with 7:56 to go. But four consecutive free throws from Teddy Dupay and Miller and Miller's three-pointer pushed the lead back to ten and the Oklahoma State run was thwarted. Donovan says it was the survival of the fittest. "With about eight minutes to go in the game, we were running on empty - we had nothing left in us. I think we tried for the last eight minutes to grind the game out with them." Miller, who ended up with a team-high 14 points, was named the East Regional MVP. Haslem and Donnell Harvey had 10 points apiece. The Gators will now play North Carolina in Indianapolis next Saturday night at 8:17pm. The Tar Heels defeated Tulsa 59-55 to win the South Regional championship.
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