GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With a big game from sophomore center Patric Young and the contribution of sophomore forward Will Yeguete (7 points, 8 rebounds), the Florida Gators were able to overcome an off night from their three leading scorers to beat the Arizona Wildcats 78-72 in overtime on Wednesday.
Florida struggled with shooting and free throws and needed a late rally to tie the game. The Gators led by three with seconds remaining when Arizona's leading scorer, Solomon Hill, was fouled behind the 3-point line by sophomore swingman Casey Prather. To Florida coach Billy Donovan's chagrin, the referees ruled Hill was in the act of shooting and awarded him three free throws, which he made to send the game into overtime.
Florida then built a four-point lead before closing out the game with solid defense and free-throw shooting.
The Gators improved to 6-2 on the season, 5-0 in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. Arizona fell to 6-3.
Player of the game: Center Patric Young scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to record his third career double-double. Young went 12-for-15 from the field, but went 1-of-6 from the free-throw line
Stats of the game: The Gators had a poor shooting night. They won despite shooting 14-of-31 from the free-throw line and 7-of-26 from behind the arc. Florida's leading scorer coming into the game, Kenny Boynton, was only 2-of-11 shooting from the floor. Erving Walker shot only 3-of-16 from the field in the game, but was 6-of-8 from the free-throw stripe.
What did we learn: The Gators can win without big games from Boynton, Walker and Bradley Beal. On the season the three players have combined to average 48.8 points per game. Wednesday night, the trio combined for just 31 points.
Noteworthy: This was Florida’s first-ever home game against a Pac-12 team. The victory extends Florida’s home winning streak to 10 games, dating back to last season. Florida outrebounded Arizona 46-36.