Mar 09, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide guard Trevor Releford (12) goes up for a basket beside Florida Gators forward/center Patric Young (4) during the first half of the second round of the 2012 SEC Tournament at the New Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-US PRESSWIRE

2012 SEC Tournament: Florida Gators 66 Alabama Crimson Tide 63


In today’s second game of the SEC Tournament Quarterfinals, the number 4 seed Florida Gators knocked off the number 5 seed Alabama Crimson Tide by the score of 66-63.  This win for Florida was huge, seeing as how they had lost their last 3 games coming into the SEC Tournament, and losing a fourth going into the NCAA Tournament, would have been detrimental for the Gators.  Alabama played on just under 24 hours rest today, but that didn’t take away from their game at all.  In the second half, Florida stretched their lead to 12, but the Crimson Tide fought back to bring it within 2 with 21 seconds remaining in the game and Alabama’s JaMychal Green at the line.  Green made the first, but missed the second, so the Crimson Tide were forced to foul, sending Florida’s Kenny Boynton to the line with just 10 seconds remaining.  Boynton made both to put Florida up 66-63, and after a timeout, Alabama’s Trevor Lacey missed a three point attempt as time expired, to give Florida the win.  Florida was led by Bradley Beal with 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists, as well as, Erik Murphy with 15 points and 3 blocks.  Alabama had big games from JaMychal Green who finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists, and Trevor Releford with 12 points and 3 assists.  Florida will play Kentucky tomorrow at 1 p.m.

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