Gators Season Ends in Elite Eight

By: UF Sports Information Email
By: UF Sports Information Email

Arlington, TX - The Gators took the court here at Cowboys Stadium on Sunday afternoon with hopes of reaching the Final Four for the first time in six years.

Those hopes were quickly dashed by a Michigan team that came out and couldn't miss, scoring the game's first 13 points on the way to a 79-59 win over Florida in the South Region Final.

Florida (29-8) trailed by as many as 24 points (41-17) in the first half as the Wolverines (30-7) advanced to the Final Four for the first time since the Fab Five days of 1993.

Michigan shot 51 percent in the first half -- 7 of 11 from 3-point range -- to lead 47-30 at halftime. The 47 points were the most given up by the Gators in a half this season.

Michigan freshman guard Nik Stauskas was perfect in the first half, hitting all six of his shots, including a 5-for-5 performance from beyond the arc.

The Gators opened the second half with a spurt and trimmed Michigan's lead to 50-38. But that was as close as Florida would get the rest of the way.

The Gators were led in scoring by Kenny Boynton and Will Yeguete, who scored 13 points each as the Gators fell for the third consecutive season in the Elite Eight.

Editor's note: Check out later for a more complete report from Sunday's game.

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