NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Florida Gators lastly found out the way to keep away from extra time in opposition to LSU.

For that, they might quickly be receiving a really good reward.

Andrew Nembhard hit a Three-pointer with a second left, and Florida rallied from 13 down within the second half Friday to upset the ninth-ranked Tigers 76-73 within the Southeastern Convention Match quarterfinals.

The win doubtless took the Gators (19-14) off the bubble and secured them a spot within the NCAA Match.

And troubled LSU (26-6) now has a protracted weekend to attend and see how the loss will influence its seeding come Choice Sunday.

With the sport tied at 73, freshman Keyontae Johnson had the ball when he noticed LSU ahead Naz Reid sliding into place to take a cost. Johnson handed to Nembhard, who was open on the prime of the important thing for the winner.

“I simply had confidence in him,” Johnson stated. “I am glad he hit it.”

After a chaotic week that included the banishment of their coach, the SEC regular-season champs tried to make one final play to salvage their opening sport on the SEC Match. Will Reese threw the ball deep to Reid, however he could not catch it, and the buzzer sounded.

That prevented the third extra time this season between these groups, and despatched the Tigers dwelling, the place they’re going to try and prepare for subsequent week regardless of all of the uncertainty surrounding this system.

Coach Will Wade remained suspended for Friday’s sport within the wake of a report that he’d been caught on a wiretap speaking with an individual convicted of funneling cash to the households of basketball recruits.

Guard Javonte Good was again within the lineup after lacking one sport because of the report. The varsity stated he was reinstated after cooperating with a “joint inquiry” with the varsity and the NCAA.

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Good scored 13 factors, but it surely wasn’t sufficient. And LSU clearly may’ve used Wade, who stays out as a result of he has not agreed to talk with college officers.

Interim head coach Tony Benford damage the Tigers by choosing up a technical that led to a six-point play for Florida for a 66-63 lead with Three:45 left. Benford additionally went to a 1-Three-1 protection within the remaining seconds that gave the Gators extra room to function for the successful shot.

“Sadly, I most likely should not have gotten the T, trying again on it,” Benford stated.

The Tigers accepted their regular-season-champion trophy from SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey earlier than tipoff. It was a subdued ceremony; guard Tremont Waters insisted the drama of the previous week hasn’t been a distraction.

“On the finish of the day, persons are going to speak regardless,” Waters stated. “We heard stuff about this season. We heard stuff right now. I personally wasn’t listening for it. I do not care. We simply obtained to maneuver ahead and preserve pushing.”

Trailing by 13, Florida clawed again into the sport by hitting eight straight photographs and 10 of 11. Jalen Hudson made a pair of free throws with 6:05 left to present Florida its first lead of the sport at 58-57, organising a frantic end.

Reid, who completed with 26 factors and 14 rebounds, hit two Three-pointers within the remaining minute to tie it at 70, and once more at 73 with 13.2 seconds left. Then Johnson discovered Nembhard for the successful Three.

Nembhard stated he had no time to do something greater than catch and shoot.

“I am comfortable it went down for certain,” stated Nembhard, who completed with 20 factors and was one among 5 Gators in double determine.

SMART’S SITUATION

The freshman guard was held out of LSU’s win over Vanderbilt to shut the common season and did not be taught till about 9:45 a.m. Friday that he may play once more. Requested if he had any data of the supply Wade reportedly mentioned on the FBI wiretap, Good stated no.

“I’ve nothing to do with that,” Good stated.

BIG PICTURE

Florida: The Gators’ Three-point capturing woes, which contributed to their three-game skid to finish the common season, surfaced once more. They went 2 of 15 (13.Three %) within the first half outdoors the arc, a quantity made worse contemplating they shot extra from the skin than contained in the arc. However the Gators stored capturing 3s and went 6 of 13 within the second half.

LSU: The Tigers could have a grievance concerning the discrepancy in foul calls with 24 on LSU in comparison with 10 for the Gators. The Tigers did not even go to the free throw line within the first half regardless of having a 26-10 scoring edge within the paint. They wound up capturing 7 of 11 on the line whereas Florida was 16 of 26.

“I can not get into that,” Benford stated. “We’re not going to get any calls. I heard guys (say) when there’s an interim coach, you are not getting any calls.”

UP NEXT

Florida: Semifinal vs. Auburn on Saturday.

LSU: Hoping for a No. 2 seed within the NCAA bracket.

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