Top-seeded Florida pulls away, beats Albany 67-55

Comment: Off

Florida coach Billy Donavan gestures to his team during the second half in a second-round game against Albany in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament Thursday, March 20, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Florida coach Billy Donavan gestures to his team during the second half in a second-round game against Albany in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament Thursday, March 20, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Florida guard Scottie Wilbekin (5) and center Patric Young (4) talk on the court during the second half in a second-round game against Albany in the NCAA college basketball tournament against Albany, Thursday, March 20, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Albany head coach Will Brown gestures during the first half against Florida in a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Thursday, March 20, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Florida forward DeVon Walker (25) goes over Albany forward Gary Johnson (20) during the first half in a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Thursday, March 20, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Florida center Patric Young (4) drives to the basket over Albany center John Puk (44) during the first half of a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament on Thursday, March 20, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Buy AP Photo Reprints

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Dorian Finney-Smith scored 16 points, most of them on dunks, and top-seeded Florida used a second-half surge to beat No. 16 seed Albany 67-55 in the NCAA tournament Thursday.

The Gators (33-2) showed some vulnerability, though, while extending their school-record winning streak to 27 games.

Coach Billy Donovan’s team sleepwalked through the first half, swapping the lead back and forth with the pesky Great Danes, but Florida’s bench provided a much-needed spark.

Finney-Smith, the Southeastern Conference’s sixth man of the year, was 6-of-10 shooting. Freshman guard Kasey Hill, who wasn’t sure he would be able to play because of turf toe, chipped in 10 points.

Patric Young finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds, his first double-double of the season. Casey Prather (16 points) and Scottie Wilbekin (10) also reached double figures for Florida, which will play ninth-seeded Pittsburgh in the South Region on Saturday.

Associated Press

Comments

comments

About the Author