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Florida’s final 10 baskets of the first half were in the paint.

But the Gators didn’t really get going until a 9-0 run - spearheaded by defense - midway through the second half. Young started it with a three-point play. Kasey Hill followed with a driving layup and then added two free throws after a turnover. Will Yeguete got another steal, and Dorian Finney-Smith’s emphatic dunk capped the spurt.

It was exactly what Florida needed, and it probably kept Albany from pulling off the most elusive upset in college hoops.

“Well, let’s face it. We had nothing to lose,” Brown said. “Our program has been in these situations. … We came here to win. I know a lot of people smile about that and think this coach is crazy, these kids are crazy. We came here to win. We believed we could win. We wanted to be the first 16 to beat a 1. That was our mentality.”