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: Florida Gators hang on to escape Mississippi State 81-78

Tuesday was yet another up and down night for Florida Gators, which fell behind by double digits to the worst team in the Southeastern Conference only to hold on for an 81-78 victory at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida.

Florida (12-6, 4-2 SEC) somehow found a way to hit free throws when it mattered, capitalizing on its hot three-point shooting and overcoming a propensity for turnovers that plagued it throughout the game. The win kept Mississippi State (7-10, 0-5 SEC) at the bottom of the league, which made it a wonder how the Bulldogs were even in the game with the Gators in the first place.

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

It was over when: Redshirt sophomore center John Egbunu came through in the clutch for the second time this season, hitting four-straight free throws to overcome a pair of one-point deficits for Florida in the final minute of the game. Aside from Egbunu’s made free throws, UF went just 2-for-8 from the charity stripe over the final six minutes of the game, leaving a ton of points at the line that would not have put a win in nearly as much jeopardy. Egbunu finished with 16 points, grabbing seven rebounds and hitting 8-of-12 attempts from the line.

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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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Zach Hodskins’s first points highlight Florida basketball’s rout of Jacksonville

Games like Tuesday night’s have come and gone for Florida Gators basketball over the years: blowouts over less-talented, in-state opponents in which Florida’s coach is less thrilled with his team’s effort than the score suggests.

Tuesday’s 89-65 victory over the Jacksonville Dolphins was different. There were four Gators in double figures despite the team once again struggling mightily from beyond the arc (.286) and at the charity stripe (.655), but it was the final basket scored by UF (which put it up 27 points for a period of 20 seconds) that was the most special.

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Fastbreak: Florida Gators power way to tough 72-70 win over Oklahoma State

Florida Gators basketball (7-3) avoided a three-game losing streak with a thin 72-70 victory over the Oklahoma State Cowboys (7-4) on Saturday evening in the 2015 Orange Bowl Basketball Classic at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

Having previously lost to the three best teams it faced this season, Florida earned an important win over an Oklahoma State team that, while it may not be to the level of UF’s previous opponents, is still a Power Five conference squad. The Gators showed improvement offensively and are now 15-2 all-time in the OBBC with six-straight victories.

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

It was over when: Despite leading by 10 with less than seven minutes to play (see below), Florida allowed Oklahoma State to jump right back in the contest as the Cowboys began hacking Gators redshirt sophomore center John Egbunu, who went 1-for-4 from the charity stripe down the stretch and finished 2-of-9 from the line for the game. A late OSU trey cut UF’s lead to two with a couple seconds left before an inbounds ended the game.

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Fastbreak: No. 17 Miami dispatches Florida 66-55 in another uneven outing for Gators

Florida Gators basketball (6-2) trailed for all but 31 seconds of Tuesday night’s game against the No. 17 Miami Hurricanes (8-1), falling 66-55 to its in-state rivals on the road at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Florida.

The Gators have now fallen to the two best teams they’ve faced this season and only have a much tougher opponent on deck Saturday night.

OnlyGators.com breaks down Tuesday’s win with six quick-hitters:

Bogus backcourt: Inefficient guard play doomed Florida on Tuesday. Point guards junior Kasey Hill and sophomore Chris Chiozza were completely ineffective against Miami, combining to go 2-for-11 (0-for-5 from three) with six points, four assists, two rebounds, two steals, five turnovers and 10 fouls (five each). Meanwhile, Canes guards Sheldon McClellan and Angel Rodriguez absolutely torched the Gators, combining to score two-thirds of their team’s points (41) on 12-of-20 shooting (6-of-9 from three, 11-of-12 from the charity stripe) with eight boards and four steals.

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Fastbreak: Florida Gators makes quick work of Richmond with 76-56 win in O’Dome

Florida Gators basketball (6-1) pulled ahead early and led the Richmond Spiders (4-3) wire-to-wire on Tuesday night at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida.

The 76-56 victory was UF’s performance best of the season with the opening 20 minutes an example of how the team will likely play in the future under head coach Mike White

OnlyGators.com breaks down Tuesday’s win with five quick-hitters:

Double double-doubles: A pair of players finished Tuesday’s game with double-doubles, marking the first time that two Gators did so in a single contest since Dec. 20, 2010. Redshirt sophomore center John Egbunu finished with team-highs of 17 points (7-of-9 shooting) and 14 rebounds, while sophomore forward Devin Robinson posted 12 points (4-of-10) and 13 boards. Redshirt senior F Dorian Finney-Smith came close to making it three players in double-doubles for the first time since Dec. 2005, but he fell short by a point on 3-of-12 shooting with 13 boards, seven assists and three blocks.

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