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Thursday March 18, 2010Gators Fall in Double Overtime Thriller to BYU, 99-92

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Freshman Kenny Boynton (Pompano Beach, Fla.) score 27 points and helped Florida rally from a 13-point second-half deficit, but the Gators fell 99-92 to BYU in double overtime on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Oklahoma City.

 

Jimmer Fredette scored 37 points, including two 3-pointers in the second overtime period to seal the Cougars' win over 10th-seeded Florida (21-13).

 

Fredette, the nation's 12th-leading scorer, made a 3 from the top of the key to put seventh-seeded BYU (30-5) ahead 90-83 with 2:42 left, then added another deep shot with just over a minute remaining.

 

Michael Loyd Jr. added a career-high 26 points, pushing BYU to a lead it would hold until a late second-half rally by Florida.

 

Boynton rallied the 10th-seeded Gators out of a 13-point hole in the second half and hit a 3-pointer from the right wing to put Florida ahead 71-68 with 2:36 left in regulation -- their first lead of the second half. Junior Chandler Parsons (Casselberry, Fla.) followed with a 3 of his own, but Jackson Emery was able to answer for BYU as the Cougars closed a four-point deficit down the stretch.

 

Parsons missed a jumper from the right side of the lane in the closing seconds, and Jonathan Tavernari missed the backboard entirely with a heave from beyond halfcourt after the Cougars called timeout with half a second left in regulation.

 

Loyd scored all six of the Cougars' points in the first overtime, including a layup to tie it at 81. Parsons missed a 3-pointer and Dan Werner missed an awkward volleyball-style tap off a busted play in the final minute.

 

Loyd opened the second extra period with a 3 from the left wing and Fredette drew Boynton's fifth foul on the Cougars' second possession. The Gators fell behind from there, and BYU -- the nation's top foul shooting team -- closed it out despite missing three of its first six free throws in the final 5 minutes.

 

Parsons finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds for Florida, redshirt junior Vernon Macklin (Portsmouth, Va.) scored 16 and sophomore Erving Walker (Brooklyn, N.Y.) added 12 points.

 

Loyd scored 10 straight points to dig BYU out of an early seven-point hole, and Brigham Young seized control with another 10-0 run midway through the second half.

 

Fredette followed Tavernari's 3-pointer with a driving scoop shot in the lane, and Emery's 3-pointer from the right wing put the Cougars up 59-46 with 9:09 remaining.

 

Boynton led Florida back with a personal 14-7 run, converting a three-point play and then hitting three straight 3-pointers to close the gap to 66-63 with 4:36 to play. Macklin's right-handed hook shot tied it at 68 with 3:27 left.

 

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