Mar 16, 2014 5:36 PM by Atlanta, GA
It felt just like the start when UK played LSU in the quarterfinal game. Florida hit back-to-back three's by Michael Frazier II. Coach Calipari called a quick timeout down 6-zip. Dakari Johnson also picked up two quick fouls, which meant a lot of first half minutes for Willie Cauley-Stein.
The Wildcats got on the board thanks to an Andrew Harrison jumper and they went on a little bit of a run to get back within one. A big dunk by Cauley-Stein and a couple of free throws by Andrew pulled the Cats within one at 9-8.
UK trailed by just two at 14-12 when the Gators went on a 9-4 run capped off by a Scottie Wilbekin three pointer. Florida taking a 25-16 lead.
The Cats tried its best to hang in there as Alex Poythress got a bucket as he was fouled. He'd hit the free throw. Then, an Aaron Harrison bucket would cut the lead back to eight.
But, the Gators can hit you with a quick scoring spurt and that's just what they did. A Wilbekin three, then turnover by Andrew Harrison would lead to a Chris Walker jumper along with a Poythress foul would lead to 14 point lead in 25 seconds of game action.
Alex Poythress got a basket late and Cauley-Stein added a free throw to keep the Cats within 10 at the half, 40-30. UK did not hit a three ponter in the first half. Poythress leads the way with 7 points in a balanced attack for UK.
Florida's, Patric Young, spent a lot of time on the bench in the first half because of foul trouble. He made up for it early in the 2nd half scoring five of the Gators first seven. It built the Florida lead back up to 13.
A big dunk by Young with 11:05 remaining in the game gave Florida a 15 point lead. That's when UK went on an epic 14-0 run. It started with two Randle free throws, included UK making its first three pointer as Aaron Harrison hit behind the arc and was finished by a free throw by Cauley-Stein. That got the Cats within one at 54-53 with 6:16 remaining.
After missing on six straight baskets, Florida's, Michael Frazier, hit a big three to extend the lead back to four, 57-53.
Aaron Harrison used a nice stutter-step move to drive the lane for an uncontested lay-up to get it within two at 59-57. But, Young answered on the other end with a lay-in extend the lead back to four.
UK's, James Young finally got untracked by knocking down a three to cut the lead to one. 61-60. After a tie up gave the ball back to UK, the Cats had a chance to get its first lead of the game. With 35 seconds left, UK's, Andrew Harrison, missed a floater.
Florida's, Scottie Wilbekin, was sent to the line for a one and one situation. He missed the first, but Dorian Finney-Smith got the rebound and was fouled. He missed.
UK had the last shot, and never got one off as James Young fell to the ground making his move to the basket. Florida wins the SEC Championship, 61-61. Frazier and Young led the way with 14 points apiece for the Gators. The Wildcats were led by Aaron Harrison's 16. James Young added 13. UK drops to 24-10 and awaits where it will start the NCAA Tournament next week.
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