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Gators find way to win despite Murphy, Young having off nights in NCAA South Regional semifinal against FGCU

Mar. 30, 2013


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ARLINGTON, Texas - Erik Murphy made just two field goal attempts, Patric Young looked like he was drowning in the paint, Kenny Boynton failed to make a 3-point shot.
But Florida still beat FGCU 62-50 with just enough offense from Mike Rosario to start the second half, a lot of bench help from Casey Prather (11 points, 4 rebounds) and Mike Frazier (two big 3-pointers) with some defense sprinkled it from Will Yeguete, who had four steals to match a career best.
Frustration was obvious.
"We kept getting shots we just kept telling ourselves keep doing what you're doing,'' said Scottie Wilbekin, who provided perhaps the most important ingredient by making four huge foul shots at the end.
While some might grow tired of hearing about Cinderella, the Gators took things a different way. They just wanted to advance.
"We're still playing thats all I know,'' Wilbekin said. "It is what it is. We were playing in the Sweet 16 for a chance to go to the Elite Eight. We didn't need any more motivation for them.''
Wilbekin said there was a chance some teams might have struggled even more than Florida, when the Eagles rushed to a big early lead. Instead, the maturity of the Gators showed by calmly climbing back in.
"We did a good job sticking together, hitting those free throws down the stretch and not getting dejected when we fell behind,'' Wilbekin said.
Florida will be in the regional finals for the third straight year. It's the fifth trip to the Elite Eight in the last eight years. The Gators held an opponent under 60 points for the 24th time this season.

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