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UK comes up short as Gators win 71-67

In preparation for the return of Kentucky men’s and women’s basketball, UK Athletics has...
In preparation for the return of Kentucky men’s and women’s basketball, UK Athletics has received reduced capacity guidelines from state health officials for the 2020-21 season.(Source: WKYT)
Published: Feb. 28, 2021 at 12:12 AM EST
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) -Florida’s Tre Mann made key buckets in the second half, scoring 14 of his 21 after halftime, to lead the Gators over Kentucky, 71-67 on Saturday at Rupp Arena.

The Wildcats led 39-38 at intermission as the home team got a lift from Davion Mintz who canned a couple of treys in that first half, on his way to 21 points.

In the second half, UK’s Jacob Toppin connected from the arc , Kentucky was up 49-47 with 13:11 to play. Toppin tallied 11 points off the bench.

But Florida hung around and when Mann scored on a layup, the visitors went on top 57-53 with just under nine minutes to go. With three and a half minutes left to play, the Gators’ Tyler Appleby knocked down a three pointer to put Florida up for good at 65-63.

The Wildcats, now 8 and 14 on the season will travel to Ole Miss for a Tuesday night tip.

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