GAINESVILLE -- Grab the parachutes, girls and boys. The Gators' men's basketball season is beginning to spin out of control.
Florida lost to Georgia 88-86 on Saturday at Stegeman Colisuem. It was the Bulldogs' first conference win of the season and first win of any kind since Dec. 31. Ouch. Even more disturbing, the Gators lost despite another epic performance from sophomore guard Nick Calathes. He had a triple-double, the third of his career. Calathes finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists.
The loss to Georgia (10-15, 1-9) comes four days after Florida (19-6, 6-4) lost to Kentucky despite a 33-point effort from Calathes.
Georgia guard Terrance Woodbury, who had seemingly been in a shooting slump all season, torched the Gators for 32 point. He made 7 of 10 three-point attempts.
What makes this loss so confounding is that the Gators actually played one of their best games in some time ... at least until the final five minutes of the game. In addition to Calathes' effort, four other Gators scored in double figures. UF guard Walter Hodge had 22 points in the loss and made 6 of 8 three-point attempts. UF forward Chandler Parsons scored 11 points. Alex Tyus and Erving Walker scored 10 apiece. Dan Werner had eight points.
Georgia led by nine points with 18 minutes left in the second half when Florida began chipping away at the Bulldogs' lead. UF took the lead (79-76) with 7:27 to play but, similar to their effort against Kentucky, the Gators went cold in the final minutes of the contest and only scored two points in the final five minutes.