Top-Seeded Florida Eliminates Men's Basketball
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Charles Carmouche provided 12 of his team-leading 14 points during the first half as the LSU men's basketball team was dealt an 80-58 defeat by top-seeded and No. 13 Florida Friday in the first of four SEC Quarterfinals at Bridgestone Arena.
Carmouche reached double figures for the fifth time in his last seven outings. He also tacked on three assists, two rebounds and a steal for the Tigers.
Johnny O'Bryant III totaled eight points whereas Shavon Coleman and Andre Stringer registered seven points each. Corban Collins came away with six points, his highest scoring output since the UC Irvine game on Dec. 18.
Florida (25-6) advanced to Saturday's semifinal round and will face the winner of the Alabama-Tennessee contest. LSU dropped its sixth-straight decision to the Gators and fell to 19-12 under first-year coach Johnny Jones.
The Tigers will await their postseason fate as the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) will announce its 32-team field Sunday at 8 p.m. CT on ESPNU and www.WatchESPN.com .
Erik Murphy, an All-SEC First-Team pick, was one of four Gators to pour in double figures. He finished with a career-best 27 points on 11-of-15 shooting and hauled in 12 rebounds.
Scottie Wilbekin added 16 points, three assists and two steals. Michael Frazier II tacked on 11 points and five rebounds, while Patric Young secured 10 points and six rebounds for Florida.
LSU grabbed an early 3-2 advantage in the game's opening minute as Carmouche canned a triple. The Tigers only other lead came at 5-4 with 18:44 remaining after an O'Bryant III layup.
LSU continued to hang tough during the first half of the opening stanza. Carmouche buried his third triple of the contest to slice the Florida lead to 18-17 with 9:55 on the clock.
The Gators reeled off nine-straight points sparked by a Wilbekin jumper to go ahead by double digits. Florida finished the half by ripping 25 of the last 36 points to grab a 43-28 advantage.
The Gators continued to put the pressure on LSU during the second half and pushed their lead to as many as 35 points, 73-38 at the 8:41 mark. The Tigers fought back and scored 20 of the last 27 points of the contest for the final margin of 80-58.
LSU was limited to a 33.3 percent shooting clip going 18-for-54. The 18 field goals made by the Tigers equaled a season low. LSU did connect on nine three-pointers as the Tigers extended their single-season program mark to 234 treys.
Florida registered a 50.9 shooting effort, 29-for-57, after being held below the 50-percent mark in its last six regular season outings. The Gators also knocked down 11-of-20 from three-point territory and held a 47-27 rebounding advantage.
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