MEN'S HOOPS: Gators beat Auburn in OT

AUBURN, Ala.—The University of Florida men's basketball team used a game and season-high 34 points from junior guard Anthony Roberson (Saginaw, Mich.) to remain unbeaten in Southeastern Conference play by defeating Auburn in overtime by a score of 84-78, on Wednesday evening at the Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.

Roberson, who finished the game shooting 11-for-19 from the field including a season-high six-of-10 from behind the three-point line, carried the Gators in overtime as he scored 10 of Florida's 13 points in the extra period.

Early in the contest the teams battled back and forth with Florida (10-4; 2-0 SEC) leading most of the first half, however the Tigers kept the game close only allowing Florida to open a seven-point lead in the first half. Auburn (9-3; 0-2 SEC) clawed their way back into the game and opened up their largest lead of the game when they grabbed a six-point lead with only 50 seconds remaining in the opening half.

Heading into the break, the Gators trimmed the Auburn lead to 39-36 and would have to rely on a second half rally to claim the win.

In the second half, Florida came out clicking on both ends of the floor. The Gators grabbed their first lead since the 5:03 mark of the opening period on two of freshman Corey Brewer's (Portland, Tenn.) career-high 14 points. During the 10-0 spurt by the Gators, Auburn was held scoreless for 4:15.

The Gators opened up a nine-point lead at 55-46, with 11:52 to go in regulation however Auburn would respond and slowly begin to chip away at the Florida lead. Heading down the stretch Florida would hold a 71-68 lead with only 28 seconds remaining.

In the waning seconds of regulation Tigers' guard Toney Douglas hit a game-tying three-pointer to send the game into overtime as time expired.

In the extra frame, Roberson hit a clutch three-point basket 32 seconds into overtime and the Gators would never look back.

For the game Florida shot a blistering 55.4-percent from the floor, including an impressive 52.6-percent from beyond the arc.

The Gators will now travel to Nashville for a Saturday afternoon game against SEC-east foe Vanderbilt. Game time is set for 3 p.m. and will be televised by Jefferson Pilot Sports.


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