NCAAB Game Recap - Florida at Georgia
Wed Mar 4, 2020 7:00 PM EST

StFNY
58
RobM
59
F
TCU
66
Kansas
75
F
Bry
61
StFPA
87
F
MtStM
59
SacHr
61
F
Dayt
84
URI
57
F
FaDi
72
LongI
73
F
MorSt
67
TNSt
74
F(OT)
Wyo
80
ColSt
74
F
JacSt
61
E IL
67
F
SJSU
66
NM
79
F
FlaSt
73
ND
71
F
AF
77
Fres
70
F
Vill
79
Seton
77
F
GTown
76
Crei
91
F
TexAM
78
Aub
75
F
UVA
46
Mia-FL
44
F
NW
48
Wisc
63
F
Xav
74
Prov
80
F
TexSA
59
OlDom
84
F
N TX
43
Charl
56
F
FlAtl
82
Marsh
94
F
Tuls
61
Temp
51
F
SMU
58
UCF
61
F
Ford
63
GrgWas
52
F
StJon
55
Butl
77
F
LSU
90
Ark
99
F
Clem
58
VaTec
70
F
StJos
73
StBon
89
F
Niag
55
Sien
77
F
Manh
59
Rider
71
F
Fairf
45
Monm
69
F
Canis
85
Maris
69
F
UMass
75
LaSal
64
F
Quin
69
Iona
68
F
Minn
67
Ind
72
F
Fla
68
UGA
54
F
StLou
69
GMas
57
F
UTEP
60
MidTN
56
F
FlInt
73
LaTec
76
F
NOrl
73
NWSt
95
F
Rice
72
SoMis
57
F
HBU
88
InWor
76
F
SamH
60
TXAMC
71
F
CenAR
65
SeLA
69
F
McNee
56
Nich
80
F
KansSt
63
OkSt
69
F
Pitt
57
GaTec
73
F
Mizzu
67
Miss
75
F
CSNor
72
UCIrv
70
F

Florida 68, Georgia 54

Mar 4, 2020, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Florida (19-11)

28

40

68

Georgia (15-15)

30

24

54

Locke's 3s help Gators take control late to beat Dogs 66-54
Wed Mar 4, 2020 10:52 PM

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) If defense is the measuring stick, Florida is peaking just in time for the postseason.

Noah Locke sank back-to-back 3-pointers during Florida's decisive run of 10 unanswered points in the second half and the Gators strengthened their NCAA Tournament hopes by beating Georgia 66-54 on Wednesday night.

Keyontae Johnson had 18 points for Florida (19-11, 11-6 Southeastern Conference), which had to recover after trailing by 13 points early in the game. The Gators had good reason for confidence. They overcame a 22-point deficit in their win over the Bulldogs last month.

Locke had 17 points while making three 3-pointers.

Georgia had scored 90 or more points in back-to-back games, including Saturday's 99-89 win over Arkansas. Against Florida's zone defense, however, Georgia struggled.

"That's as well as we've defended all year," said Florida coach Mike White. "... It was easy to get these guys' attention defensively. If not, they would have put up 90 on us."

Anthony Edwards had 14 points, making only 3 of 10 shots from the field, in what is expected to be his final home game for Georgia. Edwards, a 6-foot-5 guard who is the nation's top freshman scorer, is expected to be one of the top picks in the NBA draft.

"I don't ever look at it like it's my last home game," Edwards said. "No one ever knows what I'm doing so I don't say that."

Scottie Lewis, who scored 11 points and blocked two shots, led the defensive effort on Edwards.

"Them getting that zone that they were in and packing it in was hard for us, because we weren't prepared for that," Edwards said.

Coach Tom Crean said he was surprised by Edwards' comment. "We spent the majority of the time on the zone the past two days," Crean said.

Georgia's Jordan Harris said the Gators "changed their defense and they kept changing it the entire game."

"It was hard for us to prepare for because we never knew what they were coming out with," Harris said. "I think that was the biggest thing, the way they played defensively."

Rayshaun Hammonds had 12 points, 10 rebounds and six turnovers for Georgia (15-15, 5-12).

Florida rallied after trailing by 22 points to beat Georgia 81-75 on Feb. 5. Less than five minutes into Wednesday night's rematch, the Gators were behind by double figures once again.

Edwards' 3-pointer capped a 13-0 run that gave the Bulldogs a 19-6 lead. The long jumper came after Edwards' steal and pass set up a jam by Tyree Crump.

Locke ended the Florida drought with a jumper.

"That led to other things," Lewis said. "Obviously when we're shooting the ball from 3 at a high level, Noah and I, plus (Andrew Nembhard), we're a totally different team."

Florida outscored Georgia 22-11 the remainder of the half, cutting the Bulldogs' lead to 30-28 at the break.

Johnson drove through the Georgia defense for a two-handed jam that cut the lead to 23-20. He had three more layups in the closing minutes of the half. The sophomore had 13 points in the half.

Two wasted scoring opportunities hurt Florida's chance to take control midway through the second half. An offensive goaltending call against Dontay Bassett and a shot-clock violation on an apparent jumper by Johnson helped open the door for the Bulldogs.

Edwards' power move and dunk cut Florida's lead to 45-44. A basket by Tye Fagan with 7:53 remaining gave Georgia a 46-45 lead.

Georgia couldn't keep the momentum.

Florida answered with an 10-0 run that included 3-pointers by Locke following traveling turnovers on consecutive possessions by Hammonds and Edwards.

The Bulldogs cut the deficit to 55-50 on a 3-pointer by Sahvir Wheeler but couldn't continue the comeback bid. Locke added another 3-pointer for a 64-52 lead.

"We played with confidence down the stretch," White said. "Noah is a great shooter."

BIG PICTURE

With a No. 34 ranking in the new NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) that will be the new barometer for the selection committee, Florida's spot in the NCAA Tournament appears to be secure. Still, after a loss at Tennessee, the Gators needed the win to avoid creating doubt, especially with a difficult home game remaining against No. 6 Kentucky.

Georgia, rebuilding under second-year coach Tom Crean, honored seniors Jordan Harris, Tyree Crump and Donnell Gresham before their final home game. But this team was built for the future. Edwards is one of nine freshmen on the roster.

STEP BACK

Crean said his team's 16 turnovers and poor defense were disappointing. "The bottom line is we had been better taking care of the ball and we had been better defensively and we took a step back tonight," Crean said.

UP NEXT

Florida closes its regular season at home against No. 6 Kentucky on Saturday.

Georgia closes its regular season at LSU on Saturday.

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Leaders

Florida PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Jitoboh 0 0 0 1 0 1
Q. Glover 0 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. Brown 0 0 0 0 1 0
M. Peake 0 0 0 2 0 0

Team Comparison

Fla UGA
Points For 68 54
Field Goals 26/56-46% 20/46-43%
Three Pointers 7/23-30% 5/15-33%
Free Throws 9/15-60% 9/13-69%
Offensive Rebounds 11 7
Defensive Rebounds 19 22
Rebounds 31 30
Blocks 3 2
Steals 6 4
Turnovers 8 16
Personal Fouls 13 15
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Fla Leads Series 2-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Feb 5 UGA 75 @ Fla 81 M. Peake 1 J. Jitoboh 2
Wed Mar 4 Fla 68 @ UGA 54 D. Bassett 1 T. Crump 2

Game Information

Stadium: Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Georgia
Attendance: 10,007
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