6:10 PM ET, March 24, 2013
Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas
AUSTIN, Texas -- Florida guard Mike Rosario stood near midcourt, smiling, shaking hands and high-fiving his teammates as the final seconds ticked off the clock of a win over Minnesota that had started as a laugher and turned into a grinder.Rosario and his teammates could finally relax: The Gators were on their way to the NCAA tournament round of 16 for the third consecutive year.Rosario scored 25 points, most of it coming on six 3-pointers, and No. 3 seed Florida used an overpowering first half to earn a 78-64 win Sunday over No. 11 seed Minnesota in the third round of the South Regional.
NCAA Mens Tournament
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 24: Head coach Billy Donovan of the Florida Gators reacts in the first half against the...(Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Around Champ Week
MVP: Mike Rosario torched Minnesota. He went 6-for-9 from the 3-point line and scored 25 points.
The X factor: The Gophers were within single digits in the final 10 minutes. But after Andre Hollins was benched following his fourth foul, Minnesota couldn't score. That ruined its hopes of a comeback.
That was Florida: The Gators gave their fans a brief scare. But overall, they showcased their full arsenal. They shot 80 percent in the first half. Who does that?
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||20-50 (.400)||21-37 (.568)|
|3P Made-Attempted||8-18 (.444)||10-20 (.500)|
|FT Made-Attempted||16-22 (.727)||26-36 (.722)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||25 (0/0)||18 (0/0)|
|» Mar 24, 2013||@FLA 78, MINN 64||Recap|
Florida outscored Minnesota by 19 points in the 19 minutes that Trevor Mbakwe was on the bench Sunday. Mbakwe picked up his second foul with 9:45 left in the first half and was in foul trouble the remainder of the game. With the Gophers' leading rebounder and shot blocker on the bench, Florida shot better than 65 percent from the field.[+]
Florida with Trevor Mbakwe On/Off Court
Florida outscored Northwestern State 14-12 in transition in its 79-47 win Friday and held the Demons to three transition points in the second half. Northwestern State entered the Men's Basketball Championship averaging 23.0 transition points per game, most in the nation. --Florida's next opponent, Minnesota, has averaged 13.0 transition points per game this season but scored 20 transition points in its 83-63 win against UCLA Friday.
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