After fallling down by as many seven in the first half, the Spartans went on a 7-0 run to cut the Gators halftime lead to just two.
The Spartans started to get into the groove after halftime quickly tying the score and then taking their biggest lead at 50-43 following a Kalin Lucas jumper.
The Gators fought back and cut MSU's lead to just one, but MSU got an unexpected lift when redshirt sophomore Austin Thornton came in and hit two jumpers and got a Florida turnover to keep MSU ahead by five following a Durrell Summers jumper.
But the Gators would not go away and tied the score on a Chandler Parsons layup at 61. It appeared that MSU would take control when Draymond Green's tip-in helped the Spartans to reclaim a four-point lead, but Florida was simply better down the stretch.
Ervin Walker nailed a three pointer to give the Gators a one-point lead, but Summers would miss the front end of a 1-and-1 while Walker hit two free throws to give Florida a three point lead.
Fouled again, Summers would make one of two as would walker, but forward Dan Werner would make two free throws with just 17.3 remaining to give the Gators a three-point lead.
Summers missed two attempts at a game-tying three-pointer and Florida moved to 5-0 and advanced to the finals against Rutgers, while MSU (4-1), heads to the consolation game against UMass. MSU's primary ballhandlers, Lucas (4) and Summers (4) were joined by Green (3), Chris Allen(3) and Korie Lucious(3) in hurting the Spartans cause with turnovers. Lucas led State with 20 points while Green added 15 and ten rebounds.