Local Teams

National Basketball Association
Kentucky 64, Florida 49
When: 1:00 PM ET, Friday, March 13, 2015
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
Officials: # Patrick Adams, # Anthony Greene, # Joe Lindsay
Attendance: N/A

No. 1 Kentucky 64, Florida 49: Karl-Anthony Towns and Aaron Harrison scored 13 points apiece as the Wildcats continued their pursuit of perfection with an SEC tournament quarterfinal win over the Gators in Nashville, Tenn.

Towns also pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season for top-seeded Kentucky (32-0), which faces 13th-seeded Auburn in Saturday’s semifinals. The Wildcats, who also received nine points apiece from Willie Cauley-Stein and Andrew Harrison, hit 19-of-23 free throws to enjoy a 16-point edge at the stripe and held their 14th opponent of the season to fewer than 50 points.

Jon Horford had 15 points to pace eighth-seeded Florida (16-17), which went 0-3 against Kentucky this season after a three-game sweep of the Wildcats a year ago. Eli Carter added 11 points for the Gators, but leading scorers Dorian Finney-Smith and Michael Frazier II combined for only six points on 2-of-14 shooting.

The Gators, who trailed 31-27 at intermission, pulled to within 33-31 early in the second half, but Aaron Harrison contributed five points as Kentucky reeled off a 9-0 run to take its first double-digit lead at 42-31 with a little more than 14 minutes to play. Florida refused to go quietly but never got closer than five points down the stretch.

Florida opened up hot, hurting Kentucky with dribble penetration and hitting five of its first six shots in jumping out to a 10-5 lead. The Wildcats, however, quickly regrouped for a 15-7 run to take the lead en route to the four-point edge at the break.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Kentucky, which lost to Florida 61-60 in last season’s conference title game, improved to 13-4 against the Gators in the SEC tourney. … Florida is in danger of finishing with its first non-winning season since a 14-15 campaign in 1997-98 – coach Billy Donovan’s second season in Gainesville. … Before tip-off, Kentucky was presented with the SEC regular-season trophy – its 46th in the conference’s 95 seasons.
Top Game Performances
Florida   Kentucky
Jon Horford 15 Scoring Aaron Harrison 13
Kasey Hill 4 Assists Tyler Ulis 4
Dorian Finney-Smith 8 Rebounds Karl-Anthony Towns 12
Michael Frazier II 2 Free Throws Made Willie Cauley-Stein 5
Eli Carter 3 Steals Tyler Ulis 3
Dorian Finney-Smith 1 Blocks Willie Cauley-Stein 2
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Florida 49 39.3 2-11 3-5 12 27 4 3 12
Kentucky 64 37.5 3-10 19-23 7 36 6 5 6