Patric Young added 12 points and four blocked shots for
top-seeded Florida (36-2), which advances to face Connecticut in the
national semifinals. Michael Frazier II scored 10 points as the
Gators stretched their school-record winning streak to 30.
Dyshawn Pierre scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half for
11th-seeded Dayton (26-11), which was trying to reach the Final Four
for the first time since 1967. Devin Oliver added 12 points on four
3-pointers but the Flyers posted their lowest-scoring effort of the
The score was knotted at 23 15-plus minutes into the contest before
the Gators took control with a 15-1 burst. Wilbekin scored nine
points during the run and knocked down a 3-pointer with two seconds
left to give Florida a 38-24 halftime lead.
The Gators stretched the lead to 53-36 on Young's basket with 11:25
remaining and Dayton got back in the game with a 14-5 run over the
ensuing 7 1/2 minutes to cut its deficit to 58-50. Wilbekin hit two
free throws with 1:05 remaining and Florida finished off the victory
after losing in the Elite Eight in each of the previous three
GAME NOTEBOOK: F Dorian Finney-Smith had nine rebounds off the bench
as the Gators recorded a 37-26 rebounding edge. … Flyers leading
scorer Jordan Sibert was scoreless on 0-of-3 shooting. … Florida was
21-of-28 from the free-throw line while the Flyers were 6-of-8.
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