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    Florida Defeats Alabama

    2012 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament
    Game 6: #4 Florida 66 , #5 Alabama 63

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    New Orleans, La. -- Bradley Beal scored 16, Erik Murphy added 15 and Florida beat Alabama 66-63 in the Southeastern Conference tournament quarterfinals on Friday.

    The Gators had a 45-33 lead with 12:50 remaining after Murphy hit a pair of free throws, but Alabama responded with a 16-4 run to tie it at 49 on JaMychal Green's three-point play with 6:52 to go.

    Alabama had a chance to tie in the final seconds, but Trevor Lacey's 3-pointer bounced off the front of the rim.

    Florida (23-9) snapped a three-game slide and will face top-ranked Kentucky on Saturday in the semifinals.

    Alabama (21-11) lost for just the second time in seven games. Green had 22 points, Trevor Releford scored 12 and Lacey added 11.

    Game 6 Notes – Florida 66, Alabama 63
    Florida advances to semifinals Saturday at noon CST vs. Kentucky
    (Florida’s 15th appearance in tourney semifinals; 7-7 record)

    Series Notes:
        All-Time Series: Alabama leads 73-60 but Florida has won five in a row vs. the Tide
        Earlier this Season: On Feb. 14, Florida won 61-52 in Tuscaloosa
        In SEC Tournament Games: Alabama leads 7-5

    Game Notes:
    •    The teams battled evenly in the opening stanza, with Florida’s five three-pointers helping the Gators take a 26-24 lead into halftime.
    •    Tied at 51, Florida got six points on its next two possessions.
    o    Kenny Boynton was fouled on a three-pointer at 5:17 and made all three foul shots.
    o    Scottie Wilbekin followed with a three-pointer to put the UF ahead 57-51 and the Gators led the remainder of the game.
    •    Ahead 64-63 with 9.8 seconds left, Boynton stepped to the line and made both ends of a 1-and-1 to give Florida a three-point cushion.
    •    Trevor Lacey missed a three at the buzzer to preserve the Florida win.

    Florida Notes:
    •    Florida is 23-9 and ended a three-game losing streak.
    •    Florida entered the game leading the nation in three-pointers made with 9.9 per game and hit the average by hitting 10 of 30 from long range.
    •    Florida committed only five turnovers, tying its season low, and won points off turnovers 17-7.
    •    Bradley Beal totaled 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists, leading the Gators in each category.

    Alabama Notes:
    •    Alabama is 21-11.
    •    Alabama dominated points in the paint, 38-20. The Tide entered the game with a +6.9 margin per game.
    •    JaMychal Green led all players with 22 points and 10 rebounds, his seventh double-double of the season.  He has 27 career double-doubles, more than any other active player in the SEC.