OKLAHOMA CITY — The tenth-seeded Florida Gators lost to seventh-seeded Brigham Young 99-92 in double overtime on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
UF freshman guard Kenny Boynton Jr. of Pompano Beach led the Gators with 27 points, including five three-pointes. BYU junior guard Jimmer Fredette had a game-high 35 points. Gators junior forward Chandler Parsons had 20 points and 10 rebounds. UF center Vernon Macklin had 16 points and seven rebounds.
Fredette had back-to-back three-pointers in the second overtime to give BYU a 93-86 lead with 1:22 left. Florida had shots to win the game at the end of regulation and the first overtime but missed.
The Gators trailed by 13 points with 12:27 left in the second half before Boynton scored 14 consecutive points for UF, cutting BYU’s lead to three with 4:36 to play. Boynton scored 18 points in the second half, including 17 in period’s final eight minutes.
SECOND OVERTIME BELOW (More Internet trouble)
Kenny Boynton fouled out with 3:57 left. BYU with first lead since 68-66. Cougars up 85-81 with 3:56 left.
FIRST OVERTIME SUMMARY BELOW
Going into the second overtime here at the Ford Center. UF and BYU are tied at 81-all. Kenny Boynton Jr. has 26 points for UF while Jimmer Fredette has 27 for BYU.
FIRST OVERTIME LIVE BLOG BELOW
--Gators fail to get off a shot on final possession. That's twice Florida has had a chance to win it at the buzzer but failed. Second-chance points saved UF in the first overtime.
--Gators playing for the final shot after an excellent defensive play from Vernon Macklin and Kenny Boyton Jr. The Gators combined to strip BYU's Jimmer Fredette with 19.4 seconds left. UF calls timeout for final shot. UF 81, BYU 81 with 19.4 left in overtime.
--Parsons with an excellent second effort to give UF an 81-79 lead with 1:20 left. BYU answers with a lay-up from Lloyd Jr. with 55.6 to go.
--Boynton with a terrible mistake with 1:35 left, dribbling the ball off his knee. Lloyd Jr. gets the steal and converts a pair of free throws. UF 79, BYU 79 with 1:23 left.
The Gators began overtime with a 4-0 run before BYU's Lloyd Jr. made a pair of free throws. UF 79, BYU 77 with 1:42 to play in overtime.
SECOND HALF SUMMARY BELOW
What an amazing effort by Florida's Kenny Boynton Jr. and his Gators in the second half to send this game into overtime.
Florida trailed 59-46 with 12:27 to play before Boynton, the star freshman from Browad County, took over the game. It was freshman Erik Murphy who started the Gators' comeback with a three-point play inside. Three-point plays became a common theme in the second half for UF. After Murphy's effort, UF had seven more three-point plays or shots.
Boynton had 18 points in the second half, including four three-pointers. On defense, Boynton played well against Jimmer Fredette, limiting the junior's looks at the end of regulation.
SECOND HALF LIVE BLOG BELOW
NOTE: [LIVE BLOGGING RUINED BY POOR INTERNET IN THE FORD CENTER]
--Kenny Boynton swishes a three-pointer with 6:04 left to cut BYU's lead to four. BYU 61, UF 57. Crucn time.
Kenny Boynton's lay-up and free throw with 7:28 cut BYU's lead to 61-54 with 7:28 to play. UF barely hanging on to NCAA Tournament second-round hopes. Is it time to call the airline and change my flight out of Oklahoma City for Friday?
--Such a close game here in the second half at the Ford Center. Gators with their fifth turnover with 11:46 to play. Mistakes like that and missed free throws will send the Gators home early. BYU is 0 of 5 from three-point range in the second half. BYU 49, UF 46.
BYU's Jimmer Fredette has excellent balance and strength with the ball in his hands. Nice move to the basketball past Boynton with 15:14 left in the game. UF's Vernon Macklin carrying Gators right now. Mack with five consective points to cut BYU's lead to 47-45
--UF's Chandler Parsons with his first dunk of the game. Nice baseline move to cut BYU's lead to 43-40 with 15:56 left in the game.
--BYU's Jimmer Fredette with six straight points to begin the second half, slashing to the basketball at will to give BYU a 43-38 lead with 16:32 left in the game. Meanwhile, Florida with four turnovers already in the second half.
--Gators begin the second half in man defense and force a poor three-point shot by BYU's Emery. BYU leads UF 37-35 with 18:41 left in the first half.
Halftime stats from BYU 35, Florida 33...
Pretty balanced scoring for Florida. Gators guard Kenny Boynton leads UF with eight points and three assits. Chandler Parsons has four points and four assists. Alex Tyus with four points. Erving Walker with five points and three turnovers. Dan Werner playing well with four points and plenty of hustle plays. Vernon Macklin with four points. Murphy with four points in seven minutes.
Reserve Michael Lloyd Jr. leads BYU with 10 points. Jimmer Fredette with eight points. Hartsock with six.
FIRST HALF LIVE BLOG BELOW
(this is a running commentary of the first half)
--Great play to end the first half for Florida. Parsons misses the wide-open three-pointer at the buzzer. BYU 35, Florida at the break.
Boynton fouled while shooting a three and makes free throws. BYU 35, UF 33 with 30 seconds left in first half.
--BYU with a 14-2 run after Haws' jumper with 2:49 to play in the first half here at the Ford Center. Billy Donovan called a timeout to regroup his team, which has been undone by reserve guard Michael Lloyd Jr.
--BYU's Lloyd Jr. with his own 10-0 run to give BYU a 31-28 lead with 4:14 to play in first half at the Ford Center. UF's Alex Tyus ends the run with a bucket but BYU's Hartsock nails a three-pointer. BYU 33, Florida 30 with 3:15 to play. All these with BYU's Fredette on the bench.
--Excellent back-door cut by Dan Werner to give UF a 26-21 lead with 7:38 left in the first half. Erik Murphy follows with block on one end and a lay-up on the other, UF 28, BYU 21 with 6:45 left.
--Another three-pointer, this time by Chandler Parsons, gives Florida a 24-19 lead with 7:51 left in the first half here at the Ford Center. Florida is shooting 3 of 7 from three-point range while BYU is 1 of 3 from distance. Billy Donovan did an excellent job with the scouting report. The Gators couldn't ask for more right now.
--Back to back three-pointers by Erving Walker and Kenny Boynton Jr. with 10:09 left. Gators not allowing BYU to run and Boynton playing well on Fredette.
--Important three-pointer from Erving Walker with 11:04 to play. Gators lead BYU 14-13.
--Chandler Parsons 1 of 4 from free-throw line during first nine minutes of the game. Vernon Macklin with two fouls with 11:29 to play in first half. Not good for the Gators.
--Vernon Macklin leads Florida with four points and Jimmer Fredette leads BYU with four points with 11:46 left in the first half. BYU up 13-11. BYU shooting 6 of 13 from the field while Florida is 5 of 11.
-Florida leads BYU 9-8 with 15:41 to play. Kenny Boynton Jr. is guarding BYU's Jimmer Fredette. UF's line-up after the first timeout: Parsons, Murphy, Shipman, Werner, Walker.
Florida's two-season hiatus from the NCAA Tournament is about to end. How long will the run last? We'll be blogging live during the game right here on Gator Clause.
Prediction: BYU 81, Florida 75