Gators Unable to Cage Commodores
Florida might not be finished at home after all. John Jenkins scored 18 points, A.J. Ogilvy added 16 and #13 Vanderbilt beat the Gators 64-60 Tuesday night, delivering a blow to their NCAA chances. Jermaine Beal chipped in 13 points for the Commodores, including two free throws that sealed the victory with 6.2 seconds remaining.
Vanderbilt (23-6, 12-3 Southeastern Conference) swept the season series for the first time since 1997 and stayed in the hunt for the league's regular-season title. The Commodores need #3 Kentucky to lose its remaining two games to have a chance. Florida (20-10, 9-6), meanwhile, might need to win at Kentucky on Sunday or win at least one in the conference tournament to make the NCAA field for the first time in three years. If not, the Gators could be back home for another NIT appearance.
Vernon Macklin led the Gators with 21 points and nine rebounds. No other Florida player scored in double digits, the biggest problem for a team that went the final 9:53 without a field goal and had just one point over the final 3:35. Florida missed its final 11 shots. Florida's backcourt, Erving Walker and Kenny Boynton, was a combined 3 of 24 from the field, including 1 of 9 from 3-point range. The Gators missed all seven 3-point attempts in the second half and shot just 27 percent from the field.
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