Mar 15, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Florida Gators guard Mike Rosario (3) keeps the ball away from LSU Tigers guard Andre Stringer (10) during the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Lindsey-USA TODAY Sports

2013 SEC Tournament: #13 Florida Gators 80, LSU Tigers 58

The Florida Gators came out a little lethargic to start the game. It was as if they didn’t even want to be on the court to take on the LSU Tigers. At this point the Gators are pretty much a lock as a three seed. Depending on who loses, an SEC tournament victory may propel them to a two seed, but that’s doubtful.

As the Gators limped along, Erik Murphy played like the cared very much. He had seven points and four rebounds in the first six minutes of play and kept the Gators in the lead. And then all of a sudden it clicked. They started raining down threes on LSU. Before the Tigers knew what hit them, Florida was going into halftime with a 43-28 lead. And the Gators never let up from there.

Murphy led all scorers with 27 points. He also contributed 12 rebounds. The Gators shot 50% from the field and a red-hot 50% from the three-point line. But they shot a woeful 50% from the free throw line. Florida’s glaring fault is poor foul shooting and that could end up being their demise in the NCAA tournament, where so many games are won and lost at the foul line.

The Gators will face the winner of four seed Alabama or five seed Tennessee, a game coming up shortly.

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