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December 11, 2013

Gators hold on, top Jayhawks

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. —

Wilbekin, who also played despite spraining an ankle in last week’s loss at Connecticut, had a 3-pointer, a floater in the lane and a driving bank shot in the huge run.

Finney-Smith and Young came up big, too.

Finney-Smith, the former Virginia Tech starter who is finding his niche in Gainesville, hit two 3-pointers. And Young was a beast in the paint and on the boards.

Young’s three-point play gave Florida a 32-14 lead with 4:14 remaining in the first half.

But for everything the Gators did on the offensive end of the court, they were even better on defense.

Coach Billy Donovan had his team playing a 1-3-1 zone for much of the game, with big men on the wings and the team’s best defender (Wilbekin) on top. It forced poor shots and more turnovers in 20 minutes than the Jayhawks had made in any game this season.

Kansas opened the second half with its 17th turnover — hardly what coach Bill Self wanted coming out of the locker room.

But the Jayhawks finally settled down and got back in the game.

Kansas State 64, South Dakota 62: MANHATTAN, Kan. — Marcus Foster had 18 points and Shane Southwell contributed 17 points and six rebounds as Kansas State beat South Dakota 64-62 on Tuesday night.

Kansas State (6-3) overcame a poor second-half performance from the foul line to top the Coyotes. While holding a 63-62 lead with 2 seconds left, Thomas Gipson converted on the first of two free throws to seal the victory.

Trevor Gruis matched his season high with 18 points for South Dakota (3-6), while Adam Thoseby added a season-high 16.

South Dakota opened strong, charging to a 15-4 lead with 10:59 remaining in the first half. Having returned four of its five starters from last season, the Coyotes used their experience to punish a depleted Kansas State frontcourt with 16 points in the paint in the first half.

The Wildcats twice cut the lead to three but South Dakota maintained a five-point advantage at the break.

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