Boxscore
Florida 71, Virginia 45
Friday, March 16, 2012 2:10 PM
Location - CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Nebraska
Officials - John Gaffney, John Higgins, Tim Kitts
Attendance - N/A

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Virginia 22 23 45
Florida 30 41 71

Recap


Florida 71, Virginia 45: Bradley Beal and Casey Prather scored 14 points apiece, and the Gators overcame a poor shooting start to cruise past the Cavaliers in the NCAA tournament’s Round of 64 in Omaha, Neb.

Seventh-seeded Florida (24-10), the nation’s leader at 9.9 made 3-pointers per game, missed its first 13 shots from long range before Scottie Wilbekin’s 3-pointer near the end of the first half resulted in a 30-22 halftime edge.

The Gators, who will face either second-seeded Missouri or No. 15 seed Norfolk State on Sunday, finished just 4 of 23 from beyond the arc.

Tenth-seeded Virginia (22-10), one of the slowest-paced teams in the country, wasn’t any better, failing to connect from downtown until Sammy Zeglinski’s back-to-back bombs cut the lead to 36-30 early in the second half.

But that was as close as the Cavaliers got. Florida stretched its lead to 53-32 on Beal’s jumper with 9:10 to go.

Virginia normally uses a grinding defensive style to wear opponents down, but the Cavaliers’ offensive ineptitude was too much to overcome. They shot only 38.3 percent, including a 3-of-18 effort on 3-pointers.

Game Notebook: Virginia closed the season by dropping four of its final five games … Florida moved to 30-12 all-time in the NCAA tournament, including a 26-9 mark under coach Billy Donovan … The Cavaliers, making their first tournament appearance since 2007, fell to 4-8 when scoring less than 60 points.

Virginia Cavaliers

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Jontel Evans 38:00 4-6 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 5 2 0 3 0 8
Joe Harris 35:00 2-9 0-5 3-4 0 3 3 0 2 0 1 1 7
Akil Mitchell 32:00 2-5 0-0 0-2 1 4 5 1 0 0 0 0 4
Mike Scott 32:00 6-10 0-0 3-4 0 6 6 1 3 3 3 0 15
Sammy Zeglinski 37:00 3-11 2-10 0-0 0 4 4 5 4 2 3 0 8
Darion Atkins 5:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0
Paul Jesperson 19:00 1-5 1-3 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 3
Doug Browman 2:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0
TOTAL 200 18-47 3-18 6-10 2 19 21 12 15 5 13 1 45
  38.3% 16.7% 60.0% Team Rebs: 2   Total TO: 13

Florida Gators

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Bradley Beal 32:00 5-8 1-4 3-4 3 8 11 1 1 1 2 0 14
Kenny Boynton 27:00 3-10 0-5 2-3 0 5 5 2 1 2 3 0 8
Erik Murphy 24:00 2-6 1-5 0-0 1 2 3 1 2 1 3 0 5
Erving Walker 31:00 3-8 0-2 3-4 0 4 4 2 1 1 2 0 9
Patric Young 22:00 6-6 0-0 1-2 3 4 7 1 3 0 1 0 13
Casey Prather 22:00 6-7 1-1 1-2 2 2 4 0 2 0 0 0 14
Scottie Wilbekin 22:00 1-2 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 3
Mike Rosario 12:00 1-4 0-3 1-2 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 3
Walter Pitchford V 2:00 1-2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Cody Larson 6:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 28-53 4-23 11-17 9 27 36 11 10 6 12 0 71
  52.8% 17.4% 64.7% Team Rebs: 3   Total TO: 12
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