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It only got worse from there for the Tigers.

During a wild scramble on the floor after Keanau Post lost control, Wilbekin yanked the ball away from a Missouri player and smartly called a timeout to ensure the Gators kept possession. Then, coming out of the break, he knocked down another trey to put the Gators ahead 50-36, capping a 12-0 run.

Wilbekin finished 5 of 6 beyond the arc and Frazier was 5 of 7. Dorian Finney-Smith chipped in with 10 points, but this was the usual team effort by the Gators (30-2).

Eight Florida players scored at least four points. Hill had five assists. Finney-Smith grabbed nine rebounds.

As the closing seconds ticked off the clock, Donovan was able to clear his bench- even sending in his son.

“It’s hard to get 30 wins,” the coach said.

The Gators outscored Missouri 34-13 over the final 10:06, making their last five 3-pointers as they advanced to Saturday’s semifinals.

“They play in tandem with each other well,” Brown said. “They always know where their teammates are going to be at. They’re a disciplined team.”

In some ways, this game mirrored Florida’s 68-58 victory over the Tigers in early February. The teams went back-and-forth in that contest, but Frazier knocked down a trio of 3-pointers in a two-minute span, giving the Gators some breathing room.

More of the same in the rematch.

“They made a couple in transition,” Haith said. “They move the ball so well. They really share the ball.”

With Florida, everything plays off their effort at the defensive end.

“It starts with getting stops,” Wilbekin said. “Because if we score and they score, it won’t be a run.”


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