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Monday November 22, 1999Gators rally to beat upset-minded Utah State

Maui, Hawaii

The 5th-ranked Florida men's basketball team came from 11 points down to beat unranked Utah State 60-58 at the Maui Invitational on Monday afternoon. Senior guard Kenyan Weaks scored 19 points as the Gators averted the upset and moved to 2-0 on the season. Freshman forward Donnell Harvey scored a basket with just over a minute to play to give the Gators the lead for good at 59-58. Major Parker blocked a shot in the final seconds to preserve the victory. The Gators were behind 15-5 when Weaks went on a three-point spree. He hit four from beyond the arc to cut the Utah State lead to 22-21. It was nip and tuck the rest of the way. The Aggies gave the Gators alot of trouble with their tough, aggressive style. Utah State outrebounded Florida 45-32, but the Gators forced 23 turnovers."We did not have the tenacity, the energy, the flying around we had against Florida State", said Gator head coach Billy Donovan. "We've got to make the extra pass. We've got to stop living and dying with the three-point shot. When you're not shooting the ball well, you need to score some other way". Besides Weaks, the only Gators in double figures were Teddy Dupay with 11 points and Mike Miller with 10. Troy Rolle led Utah State with 16 points. The win sends the Gators to a semifinal game against 21st-ranked Purdue tomorrow night. The Boilermakers beat Chaminade 96-78. The game will tip-off at 7 p.m. EST and will be shown nationally on ESPN.
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