Fastbreak: Gators earn needed signature win as Florida obliterates No. 9 West Virginia 88-71

In desperate need of a signature win, Florida Gators basketball got just that on Saturday, defeating a top-10 opponent for the first time in 13 tries with a dominant 88-71 victory over the No. 9 West Virginia Mountaineers at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida.

Florida (14-7) put together a dominant offensive performance for the second time in three games as it rained threes and was extremely efficient from the charity stripe. West Virginia (17-4) simply could not get back into the game after a hot start for the Gators.

OnlyGators.com breaks down Saturday’s important win with nine quick-hitters:

It was over when: Though Florida held the lead for 39:49 of the 40-minute contest and was up by nearly 20 late in the game, West Virginia had its opportunities to come back. It was not until a dagger three-pointer by sophomore guard Chris Chiozza with 2:35 to play that all hope was lost for the visitors. The Gators jumped ahead 84-67 and scored eight-straight points to earn a game-high 21-point advantage with 1:03 to play. Chiozza finished 4-of-8 from the field and 2-for-3 from downtown with 10 points, six assists and two steals, though he did cough up the ball a team-high six times.

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Fastbreak: Late surge can’t save Florida’s season-worst shooting effort in loss to Vanderbilt

Just three days after breaking out in a major way for the first time this season, Florida Gators basketball broke down.

Florida (13-7, 5-3 SEC) suffered an game-ending injury moments into the contest and posted its worst shooting percentage on the season, playing awful basketball for 39 of Tuesday night’s 40-minute game before ultimately falling 60-59 to the Vanderbilt Commodores (12-8, 4-4 SEC) at Memorial Gym in Nashville, Tennessee.

OnlyGators.com breaks down Tuesday’s embarrassing loss with eight quick-hitters:

It was over when: Commodores guard Wade Baldwin IV made two free throws with seven seconds remaining to push the hosts up four points and put the game out of reach. The Gators actually trailed by eight with a minute to play but somehow made shots over the final 55 seconds that they were unable to the rest of the contest. UF went 5-for-7 from the field with 11 straight points from freshman guard KeVaughn Allen (including a trio of three-pointers) over the final 55 seconds of the game.

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Fastbreak: Florida Gators give away grand opportunity, fall to No. 15 Texas A&M 71-68

Unlike it’s road game last week, there was no questioning the effort given by Florida Gators basketball throughout Tuesday’s contest on the road against the No. 15 Texas A&M Aggies. In fact, the only thing to continue questioning about UF after the game is the team’s offensive execution, which continues to be a major issue for the program.

Florida (10-6, 2-2 SEC) continued its uneven play with a 71-68 defeat at the hands of Texas A&M (16-2, 4-0 SEC) in College Station, Texas, falling to 0-4 against ranked opponents and 0-5 against the best teams it has faced this season. OnlyGators.com breaks down Tuesday’s loss with seven quick-hitters:

It was over when: Gators sophomore point guard Chris Chiozza stole an inbounds pass with just seconds to play and missed a potentially game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer. Florida trailed by three for much of the final minute of the game, trading baskets for Texas A&M free throws before committing a costly turnover on its final possession. Redshirt sophomore center John Egbunu was called for a moving screen in the backcourt as the Gators planned to put together a more sound three-point play, turning the ball back over to the Aggies before Chiozza’s steal. Chiozza showed up with 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting with eight assists on the evening, while Egbunu struggled with eight points on 3-of-8 shooting with three turnovers and five fouls.

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Fastbreak: Florida Gators’ one-man show edged by late Florida State jumper

If you removed freshman guard KeVaughn Allen from the Florida Gators‘ lineup on Tuesday night against the Florida State Seminoles, it would have gotten pretty ugly inside the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida.

Instead, the Seminoles edged the Gators on a late jumper, throwing water on a fiery performance by Allen that kept the hosts in a game they otherwise would’ve been blown out of by halftime.

OnlyGators.com breaks down Tuesday’s devastating loss with eight quick-hitters:

It was over when: Moments after Florida redshirt senior forward Dorian Finney-Smith finished a clutch layup to give his team the lead with just over 23 seconds to play, Florida State G Dwayne Bacon found himself open in the lane with an opportunity to hit a jumper. He did just that, nailing the shot with 4.7 seconds to play to push the visitors ahead 73-71. Bacon, who finished 5-of-8 from beyond the arc with a team-high 24 points, led the Noles to a second-straight late-game victory over the Gators … after Jacob Kurtz’s tip-in helped FSU pull out a win last season.

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Fastbreak: Florida Gators basketball fights hard but falls to No. 1 Michigan State 58-52

Florida Gators basketball (6-3) lost its second straight contest – both to ranked opponents – after being taken down 56-52 Saturday night by the No. 1 Michigan State Spartans (12-0) at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Michigan.

The Gators have now fallen to the three best teams they’ve faced this season, thought Florida has continuously flashed and shown signs of improvement through the first five weeks of the campaign.

OnlyGators.com breaks down Saturday’s loss with nine quick-hitters:

It was over when: The Gators unraveled – just a bit – late in the contest. Taking a six-point lead with 91 seconds to play, the Spartans did so by forcing two turnovers and seeing Florida commit an unforced error by batting a defensive rebound out of bounds. Michigan State hung tough from there as the visitors continued missing shots and simply did not make a dent in MSU’s advantage.

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Fastbreak: Florida obliterates NC A&T 104-54

Florida Gators basketball (2-0) opened the home portion of its 2015-16 season Monday by upending the North Carolina A&T Aggies (0-2) at Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida.

With the 104-54 victory, the Gators won their first home game under new head coach Mike White and improved to 26-0 all-time against teams from the MEAC. Florida also scored 100+ points for the first time since 2011 and registered its 21st largest margin of victory ever.

OnlyGators.com breaks down Monday’s home opener with five quick-hitters:

It was over when: Any hope North Carolina A&T had of getting back in the game was erased by redshirt junior forward Dorian Finney-Smith, who broke out of a slump with back-to-back threes as part of a 10-0 run that pushed Florida ahead 62-31 with 15:34 to play. Finney-Smith shot just 4-of-10 but hit 3-of-6 triples and hauled in a team-high 10 boards.

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Fastbreak: Florida powers past Navy 59-41

Florida Gators basketball (1-0) opened the 2015-16 season Friday by taking down the Navy Midshipmen (0-1) in the Veterans Classic at Alumni Hall in Annapolis, Maryland.

With the 59-41 victory, the Gators won their first game under new head coach Mike White in what was the team’s first road season opener since 2000-01.

OnlyGators.com breaks down Friday’s season opener with seven quick-hitters:

It was over when: Redshirt freshman guard Brandone Francis-Ramirez drained the first three-pointer of his career to put Florida up 40-26 with just over 11 minutes to play. The Gators used a 9-0 run to take a 17-point lead shortly thereafter and held on to their sizable advantage – pushing it as high as 20 – for the duration of the contest. Ramirez made 2-of-6 shots with five point sand three rebounds in his first game.

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Florida Gators 2015-16 exhibition: What to know, how to watch on TV, live stream online

Florida Gators basketball, which will begin the 2015-16 season unranked, will take the court for the first time under new head coach Mike White on Thursday night in an exhibition game against the Division II Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida.

The Gators have been looking forward to playing real basketball for quite some time, and following a “secret scrimmage” against Central Florida over the weekend, everyone is ready and raring to go for the contest. “It’s an exciting week to get started for the staff and I, but I’m sure a lot more exciting for our players, especially our seniors,” White said Wednesday. “It’s been a long preseason. We’ve put in a lot of time and work and energy. I know our guys have been chomping at the bit for probably more than 2-3 weeks now to play someone else.”

Here’s a look ahead at Thursday night’s exhibition game: what to know and how to watch Florida-Palm Beach Atlantic.

Viewing information

Location: Stephen C. O’Connell Center – Gainesville, Florida [Capacity: 11,548]
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
TV: None

Streaming Video: SEC Network+ | Mobile Video: WatchESPN app (iPhone) / (Android)
SiriusXM: None | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]

Live Updates: @OnlyGators on Twitter

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