Allen scores 19 to lead Florida past Georgia 57-53
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) – KeVaughn Allen scored 19 points and Florida shook off a dismal shooting performance in the first half to beat Georgia 57-53 on Tuesday night.
Florida (17-9, 8-5 Southeastern Conference) missed 18 of its first 19 3-point attempts but managed to hang around long enough for Allen to get hot. He scored 14 points in the second half, including a tiebreaking shot beyond the arc that put the Gators ahead to stay at 50-47 with 3:25 remaining.
Kenny Gaines gave Georgia (14-10, 7-6) a chance, knocking down a pair of 3s in the final minute. But Florida sealed the victory at the free-throw line, making five of its last six attempts, and Gaines missed a jumper at least 10 feet behind the stripe in a futile bid to tie the score with 7 seconds remaining.
With his late flurry, Gaines wound up leading Georgia with 12 points.
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