AUSTIN--A quick statistical look at the Gators' performance versus Northwestern State on Friday night...
pulled out second round NCAA tournament win on Friday night, defeating Northwestern State 79-47.
On Sunday, the Gators will face the winner of UCLA versus Minnesota in the tournament's third round, also held at the Frank Erwin Center.
Friday's match up marks the first time that these two teams have met on the court; the win puts Florida 2-0 versus teams from the Southland Conference in the NCAA Championship.
Florida is making its 16th appearance in the NCAA Championship, the 13th under head coach Billy Donovan. The Gators are now 33-13 in the championship, including a 29-10 mark under Donovan.
Scoring Defense: Florida entered the game ranked third in the nation in scoring defense (53.7 ppg) and held Northwestern State, the nation's leading scorer (81 ppg) to a season-low 47 points.
Recovering well from loss: Friday's win makes the Gators 7-0 in games following a loss.
Game-ending run: The Gators finished the game on a 27-5 run over the last 11:50 of regulation. Florida outscored NSU 39-15 in the second half.
Steals: Florida recorded ten or more steals for the 11th time this season with 10 on Friday. Florida scored 12 points off 15 NSU turnovers.
Team leader: senior forward Erik Murphy led the Gators in scoring with 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor in 28 minutes. 11 of his points came in the first half on the 5-of-6 shooting.
History made: Senior guard Kenny Boynton became the second player in Florida history to reach the 2,000 point mark. He finished the game with 11 points on 3-of-7 shooting in 22 minutes.
Double figures: Junior center Patric Young reached double figures in scoring for the 21st time in 34 games this season. Young scored 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor, increasing his season FG percentage to .602. Young came within one rebound of his seventh double-double of the season.
Junior guard Scottie Wilbekin scored 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting in 32 minutes.