Coming off one of its worst performances of the season, Florida Gators basketball needed to get back to its winning ways and did just that, taking down the Ole Miss Rebels for the second time this season as Florida head coach Mike White began his Gators career 2-0 against his alma mater.
Florida (16-8, 7-4 SEC) proved once again that it plays much better at home, leading most of Tuesday night’s contest at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida, and holding on for a 77-72 victory even though it did plenty wrong throughout the contest. Ole Miss (15-9, 5-6 SEC) did not do itself many favors in the game, but the Rebels did push the Gators late and did not let them skate to a victory like they did a couple weeks ago in Oxford, Mississippi.
OnlyGators.com breaks down Tuesday’s close win with six quick-hitters.
It was over when: Sophomore forward Devin Robinson was found wide open with five seconds left in the game and slammed home a dunk to push Florida ahead by five just a couple ticks after Ole Miss made an easy layup to cut their deficit to three. The game should have been over when freshman guard KeVaughn Allen drained a dagger three with 52 seconds to play, but the visitors kept it close with four straight points by Tomasz Gielo inside of 13 seconds.