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Gators Over Gophers: Florida Downs Minnesota, Advances to Sweet 16

Updated: Monday, March 25 2013, 12:03 AM CDT

Mike Rosario scored 25 points and Florida used an overpowering first half to roll past Minnesota and into the NCAA tournament round of 16 for third consecutive year with a 78-64 win Sunday in the South Regional.

The No. 3 seed Gators (28-7) shot a blistering 65 percent in the first half and led by 21 by halftime. The win earns Florida a return trip to the Lone Star State to play their next game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

Andre Hollins scored 25 points to lead the No. 11-seed Gophers (21-13). Hollins' 3-point shooting sparked a second-half rally that pulled Minnesota within seven points, but Rosario's sixth 3-pointer with 3 minutes left pushed the Gators' lead back to 16 and effectively locked up the win.

The rematch of old coaching rivals Billy Donovan of Florida and Tubby Smith of Minnesota looked for a while like it would be a laugher.

Donovan's Gators rode into the tournament as one of the best defensive teams in the country and backed that up in their first two games of the tournament. After thrashing Northwestern State, the Gators shoved aside the Gophers of the Big Ten in a 20-minute show of muscle and offensive firepower.

Rosario was 8 of 12 shooting overall and 6 of 9 on 3-pointers.

Defensively, the Gators denied just about everything the Gophers tried in the first half. Florida tied up Gophers shooters at the perimeter, challenged layups and blocked a dunk when Casey Prather stuffed Minnesota's muscular Trevor Mbakwe in a clear statement that Florida would be as tough as anything the Gophers faced in the Big Ten.

Offensively, it seemed like Florida shooters couldn't miss. Rosario made four 3-pointers and Erik Murphy delivered a dagger when he buried one from the right corner to put Florida up by 22 with 5 minutes left in half. Minnesota gathered itself for a brief burst when Hollins knocked down consecutive 3-pointers and a steal and layup trimmed Florida's lead to 39-23.

If the Gophers could have pulled within 10 by halftme, they might have been able to grab a lead at some point in the second. Instead, the Gators scored nine straight points, getting another 3-pointer from Murphy to roll into the locker room leading 48-27 and the "Gator Chomp" was sounding ominous even 1,000 miles away from home.

Minnesota wasn't ready to roll over just yet.

Hollins, who scored 53 points in two games, made three 3-pointers in an 11-2 run that took some of the swagger out of the Gators. Minnesota kept chipping away and trimmed the Florida lead to 53-46 with 12 minutes left.

But Hollins soon picked up his fourth foul and went to the bench. The Gophers had lost their first shooting option and by the time he returned, the Gators had built the lead back to 12 before a 7-0 run all but closed it out.

Murphy scored 15 for Florida and Scottie Wilbekin scored 12 to go with six assists for the Gators.Gators Over Gophers: Florida Downs Minnesota, Advances to Sweet 16


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INTERLEAGUE

Final Boston 3 N-Y Mets 1

Final N-Y Yankees 3 Atlanta 1

Final Oakland 3 Arizona 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Final Toronto 15 Detroit 1

Final Kansas City 6 Tampa Bay 3

Final Houston 4 Minnesota 1

Final Cleveland 8 L.A. Angels 3

Final Seattle 7 Chi White Sox 6

Final Texas 4 Baltimore 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Final St. Louis 6 San Francisco 0

Final Pittsburgh 4 Colorado 3

Final Washington 5 Miami 1

Final Philadelphia 4 San Diego 3

Final Cincinnati 12 Milwaukee 9

Final L.A. Dodgers 5 Chi Cubs 2

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PRESEASON

Final Buffalo 43 Pittsburgh 19

Final Miami 13 Atlanta 9

Final Cleveland 31 Tampa Bay 7

Final Minnesota 28 Dallas 14

Final N-Y Jets 28 N-Y Giants 18

Final Cincinnati 21 Chicago 10

Final Washington 31 Baltimore 13

Final Indianapolis 24 St. Louis 14

Final Philadelphia 39 Green Bay 26

Final Seattle 16 San Diego 15

Final Denver 19 San Francisco 12

WNBA BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS

Final Chicago 98 Atlanta 96

Final New York 80 Connecticut 66

Sunday's Schedule - All Times EDT

BASEBALL

Detroit at Toronto, 1:07 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Cleveland, 1:10 p.m.

Kansas City at Tampa Bay, 1:10 p.m.

Boston at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Atlanta, 1:35 p.m.

Colorado at Pittsburgh, 1:35 p.m.

San Diego at Philadelphia, 1:35 p.m.

Miami at Washington, 1:35 p.m.

Seattle at Chicago White Sox, 2:10 p.m.

Houston at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.

Cincinnati at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m.

Baltimore at Texas, 3:05 p.m.

St. Louis at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m.

Oakland at Arizona, 4:10 p.m.

Chicago Cubs at L.A. Dodgers, 8:08 p.m.

PRESEASON NFL

Houston at New Orleans, 4 p.m.

Arizona at Oakland, 8 p.m.

WNBA

Indiana at Tulsa, 4:30 p.m.

San Antonio at Los Angeles, 7 p.m.

Connecticut at Chicago, 7 p.m.

Phoenix at Minnesota, 7 p.m.

Washington at Seattle, 9 p.m.

MLS

Portland at Seattle, 5 p.m.

D.C. United at New York, 7 p.m.

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