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 pummel Auburn in first half on way to dominant 95-63 win

Those waiting for a breakout game for Florida Gators basketball got just that Saturday night as head coach Mike White’s team pummeled the Auburn Tigers early and often on the way to a dominant 95-63 victory at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida.

The Gators (13-6, 5-2 SEC) moved into second place in the Southeastern Conference by piling on the Tigers (9-9, 3-4 SEC) early with a season-high 53 points in the first half. Auburn was unable to recover as head coach Bruce Pearl dropped his sixth straight game against UF dating back to 2010.

OnlyGators.com breaks down Saturday’s important victory with eight quick-hitters:

It was over when: Though Florida’s massive early lead gave it every advantage over Auburn in the second half, the Tigers still had an opportunity to slowly cut into their large deficit. Instead, the Gators’ lead ballooned to 28 points on a 7-0 run early in the latter part of the game, and UF even increased it to 29 points with 12 minutes to play. Try as it might, AU could not get within 23 over the duration of the contest and ultimately lost by 32 points, which was Florida’s largest margin in the entire game.

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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 run through Ole Miss 80-71 in Mike White’s homecoming

The two-faced Florida Gators basketball team was at it again Saturday, shooting the lights out on the road in Oxford, Mississippi, on the way to a wire-to-wire 80-71 win over the Ole Miss Rebels.

Florida (11-6, 3-2 SEC) opened up in control of the game and never lost its advantage, even as shots stopped falling and Ole Miss (12-5, 2-3 SEC) fought back in the second half. As such, new UF head coach Mike White was able to talk down his alma mater in what was a unique homecoming game.

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

It was over when: The Gators answered a 9-0 Rebels run that cut UF’s advantage from 20 points down to 11 with 7:34 remaining by scoring five straight points including a perfectly timed three by freshman guard KeVaugn Allen. The trey ended a 6:13 stretch Florida had to endure without a field goal and allowed the teams to trade baskets and free throws over the duration of the contest.

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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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