Boxscore
Louisville 72, Florida 68
Saturday, March 24, 2012 4:30 PM
Location - US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Officials - Verne Harris, Karl Hess, Doug Simmons
Attendance - 13456

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Florida 41 27 68
Louisville 33 39 72

Recap


Louisville 72, Florida 68:
Chane Behanan scored 17 points, including a couple of tough shots in the lane in the final minutes, and the Cardinals overcame an 11-point second-half deficit to stun the Gators in the West Regional final at Phoenix.

Russ Smith added 19 points off the bench for fourth-seeded Louisville (30-9), which advances to its ninth Final Four and first since 2005.

Louisville closed the game on an 18-3 run and will meet either Kentucky or Baylor, who play Sunday.

The Cardinals trailed 41-33 at halftime, and the seventh-seeded Gators (26-11) took a 65-54 edge on Patric Young’s thunderous dunk with 8:14 left. But Louisville responded with a 12-1 run, tying the game at 66 on Behanan’s leaner in the lane with about three minutes to go.

With just more than a minute left, Behanan hit another jumper in the lane to go up 69-68, and then Smith hit two free throws with 16 seconds on the clock to make it 71-68.

Florida had a chance to tie in the final seconds, but both Bradley Beal and Kenny Boynton came up short on 3-point attempts.

Beal and Erik Murphy led five players in double figures with 14 points apiece for the Gators, who narrowly missed their fourth Final Four appearance since 2000.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Louisville coach Rick Pitino moved to 7-0 all-time against Florida coach Billy Donovan, his former player at Providence and assistant coach at Kentucky … The Gators fell to 1-8 all-time against Louisville … The Cardinals are in search of their first national championship since 1986.

Florida Gators

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Bradley Beal 36:00 6-12 2-5 0-0 2 5 7 4 1 1 2 0 14
Erving Walker 32:00 3-10 2-6 4-6 1 2 3 7 2 0 2 0 12
Kenny Boynton 33:00 4-11 2-7 2-4 0 2 2 6 2 0 1 0 12
Erik Murphy 34:00 4-5 2-2 4-4 0 8 8 0 3 0 4 2 14
Patric Young 32:00 5-7 0-0 1-2 2 4 6 0 3 2 2 0 11
Casey Prather 13:00 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 3 4 0 2 1 1 1 0
Scottie Wilbekin 14:00 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 2
Mike Rosario 6:00 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3
TOTAL 200 24-48 8-20 12-18 6 26 32 17 15 4 13 3 68
  50.0% 40.0% 66.7% Team Rebs: 0   Total TO: 13

Louisville Cardinals

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Chris Smith 28:00 3-4 1-2 1-2 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 8
Kyle Kuric 37:00 3-9 2-8 0-0 0 2 2 1 4 2 0 0 8
Peyton Siva 26:00 3-7 1-1 2-2 1 1 2 8 5 1 1 0 9
Gorgui Dieng 37:00 4-11 0-0 0-0 1 5 6 0 3 0 0 1 8
Chane Behanan 32:00 7-10 1-1 2-2 2 5 7 0 4 1 1 2 17
Wayne Blackshear 3:00 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 1
Russ Smith 22:00 6-13 1-2 6-7 1 4 5 2 3 1 4 0 19
Jared Swopshire 9:00 1-3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Kevin Ware 4:00 0-1 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Elisha Justice 1:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Zach Price 1:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 27-60 6-16 12-15 6 21 27 11 20 6 6 3 72
  45.0% 37.5% 80.0% Team Rebs: 3   Total TO: 6
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