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Monday December 2, 2013At the Buzzer: Connecticut 65, Florida 64 (Instant Analysis)

Chris Harry
By Chris Harry
GatorZone.com Senior Writer

AT THE BUZZER -
Connecticut 65, Florida 64

WHAT IT MEANS: UConn guard Shabazz Napier missed an off-balance shot with three seconds to go, but gathered the rebound at the free-throw line and knocked down a 15-footer at the buzzer to shock the Gators before a crazy crowd at Gampel Pavilion. UF played terrific defense in the final 17.7 seconds, but the ball took a fortunate bounce for the Huskies, who remained unbeaten with a fourth victory by two points or less. The loss was Florida’s second, after winning by one point in the last second Friday at home against Florida State. 

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin left the game late after going down with an ankle injury. Wilbekin, who scored 15 points, went to the locker room and did not return. The Gators just can't catch a break on the injury front. Meanwhile, Patric Young had his best game of the young season, scoring 17 points on 6-for-10 shooting to go with seven rebounds and two steals.

STAGGERING STATISTIC: UConn made 11 shots from the 3-point line, none bigger than Napier’s with 33.5 seconds left that came after two UConn offensive rebounds. Worse for the Gators? He was fouled on the play, thus erasing a 3-point UF lead and putting the Huskies up by one. Still, the Gators managed to retake the lead, but then came the frantic finish. Napier went 5-for-8 from the line.

SUBPLOT: Another gut-wrenching, down-to-the-wire road loss

UP NEXT: The Gators (6-2) are off the rest of the week, but a much-anticipated O’Connell Center visit next Tuesday night from hotshot freshman Andrew Wiggins and No. 6 Kansas (6-1) as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge. The showdown with Jayhawks, who are at Colorado Saturday, will represent one of the biggest non-conference games in UF history and one of the most attractive ever at the O’Dome.

 

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