Fastbreak: Texas A&M breaks Florida’s heart in final seconds on Valentine’s Day

The Florida Gators lost a game by a single point for the second time in three days as the Texas A&M Aggies, which led for nearly the entire contest, fought off a late surge to pick up a 63-62 win on Saturday night at Reed Arena in College Station, Texas.

Florida (12-13, 5-7 SEC) fell below .500 through 25 games for the first time since head coach Billy Donovan‘s intial season with the team in 1996-97 with its defeat at the hands of Texas A&M (17-7, 8-4 SEC), giving the Gators four-straight losses – their first such streak since 2007-08. breaks down Saturday’s action with eight quick-hitters:

It was over when: Florida trailed for 37:33 before taking its first lead, using a 6-0 run including a step-back jumper by redshirt junior guard Eli Carter and fastbreak layup tip-in from sophomore center Chris Walker to jump ahead 62-61 with 1:45 to play. A careless turnover by sophomore point guard Kasey Hill – following a big defensive stop – put Texas A&M back on top by one. The Gators touched the ball last, calling a timeout with 5.3 seconds remaining but nevertheless failing to get off a shot, passing the ball twice with redshirt junior forward Alex Murphy attempting a three after the buzzer.

“A&M really had control of the game from start to finish. They were probably a little bit surprised – as most everybody else was – when we went up by one,” said Donovan. “We got a good stop and then we turned the ball over, which we fouled [on the play]. … I thought we had a chance [at the end]. Dorian probably should’ve made a play on that, but he’s very unselfish and it was an unselfish play by him … but there wasn’t enough time to do that. He probably needed to be more selfish in that situation.”

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Gameday: Florida Gators at Texas A&M Aggies

Location: Reed Arena – College Station, Texas [Capacity: 12,989]
Time: 6:30 p.m. EST

TV: SEC Network (Dave Neal, Darrin Horn, Kayce Smith)
Streaming Video: | Mobile Video: WatchESPN app

SiriusXM: 92/190 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]

Live Updates: @OnlyGators on Twitter

Head Coach: Billy Donovan Head Coach: Billy Kennedy
Record: 12-12 (5-6 SEC) Record: 16-7 (7-4 SEC)
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Southeastern

Odds: Florida +2.5 | O/U 120.5

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Florida routs Texas A&M 68-47 in College Station

A replica of its last few contests, No. 9/10 Florida Gators (13-2, 3-0 SEC) kept Thursday evening’s road contest against the Texas A&M Aggies (12-4, 2-1 SEC) close in the beginning before eventually pulling away and registering a dominant 68-47 victory at Reed Arena in College Station, TX.

The trio of redshirt senior guard Mike Rosario, senior forward Erik Murphy and junior center Patric Young led the way for the Gators with impressive performances.

Rosario led all scorers by posting 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting (4-of-7 from three) to go along with three assists and two rebounds. Murphy chipped in 16 points and seven rebounds while going 6-for-10 from the floor and 2-for-5 from downtown. Young flexed his muscles with 18 points and seven boards while going 7-of-9 from inside the paint and 4-of-5 from the charity stripe.

Rosario got Florida off to a quick start, scoring 11 of his team’s first 13 points as UF took an early four-point lead on TAMU with five assists on its first five baskets. A 5-0 run by Texas A&M gave it back the lead at 14-13, but the momentum would not last long for the home team.

The Gators exploded over the final 8:57 of the first half, outscoring the Aggies 22-4 and ending the opening 20 minutes on a 14-0 run to take a huge 35-18 lead at the break.

Florida increased its lead to 21 with four-straight points to open the second half before Texas A&M finally got on the board again after a 9:13 scoring drought.

The Aggies’ were unable to get back in the game as the Gators continued expanding on their lead while playing sound defense to keep their hosts at bay.

UF outshot TAMU from the field (.500-.340), from downtown (.350-.300) and from the free throw line (.846-.714). The visitors registered 16 assists on 25 made baskets and forced 16 turnovers including nine steals while only coughing up the ball 10 times.

Texas A&M leading scorer, G Elston Turner, was kept in check by junior point guard Scottie Wilbekin. Turner, who scored 40 points against Kentucky last Saturday, went 1-for-10 from the floor and 0-for-4 from downtown to score just four points in the game.

Florida returns home on Saturday to host Missouri in a showdown of the top two teams in the SEC. The game will air live at 2 p.m. on ESPN and could also represent head coach Billy Donovan’s 400th win in the Orange and Blue.

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TWO BITS: Texas A&M preview, Beal’s big night

1 » No. 9/10 Florida Gators basketball is currently in College Station, TX getting ready to take on the Texas A&M Aggies in each team’s third Southeastern Conference game of the season. The Texas A&M athletic department is planning to put on a show Thursday. In addition to having quarterback Johnny Manziel in attendance, the school plans to have his Heisman Trophy on display so fans can take a picture with it before the game. The Aggies’ football team will also be honored at halftime. Additionally, Texas A&M will hand out 9,000 white T-shirts to fans in what is being dubbed a “White Out” at Reed Arena. In a strange twist, Florida announced Thursday afternoon that it will be donning its home white uniforms for the game while the actual home team will be “going with a special dark uniform to commemorate the night.” In other words, the opposite of how one of these white outs is supposed to work.

Head Coach: Billy Donovan Head Coach: Billy Kennedy
Record: 12-2 (2-0 SEC) Record: 12-3 (2-0 SEC)
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Southeastern

Location: Reed Arena – College Station, TX [Capacity: 12,989]
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST

TV: ESPN2/ESPN2HD (Rece Davis, Bobby Knight)
SiriusXM: 134/199 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]
Online Video: | Mobile Video: WatchESPN app
Live Updates: @OnlyGators on Twitter and SportsYapper app

Odds: Florida -10 | O/U 122.5

2 » Rookie guard Bradley Beal had a career night for the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, scoring a season-high 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting while hitting 6-of-7 attempts from downtown. Beal played a team-high 41 minutes in the game, set a career mark with six treys, matched a career-high with six assists and also added three rebounds, a block and a steal. He is having a stellar January for Washington after struggling through the first two months of the season. Over the last eight games, Beal is averaging 18.8 points, 3.4 dimes and 3.6 boards while shooting 46.3 percent from the field and 61.1 percent from beyond the arc.

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