LEXINGTON – Tre Mann scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half and Florida took a 71-67 win over Kentucky on Saturday, taking their third straight victory game and avenge a blowout loss to the Wildcats.
Tyree Appleby’s 3-point wide open with 3.5 minutes remaining put the Gators (13-6, 9-5 Southeastern Conference) ahead definitely at 65-63 in a game who had 14 header changes and nine ties, with the vast majority coming in the second half when no team led by more more than four. Neither team scored again before Mann’s base jumper with 1:49 remaining. The Gators reduced the lead to twice after that, but two free throws from Mann with 10.5 seconds left sealed the victory.
“They’re not robots, they’re not machines, they don’t play very well, they don’t hit every shot,” said Britain’s coach John Calipari. “But what’s disappointing is that this team fought to get in a good position, in a good position so that something good could happen to us, and we kind of had a few guys who didn’t. did not show up. “
Florida, which lost to Kentucky 76-58 on Jan. 9, has only had the fifth season in series history, the last in 1998. The win was only Florida’s 11th. at Lexington against 52 losses.
Colin Castleton scored 14 points, Appleby added 11 and Anthony Duruji 10 for Florida, who shot 53% and scored 7 of 15…
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