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UF Men’s Basketball: Florida 70, Georgia 63

UF sophomore guard Ques Glover drives for two of his eight first-half points Saturday against Georgia. 

Courtesy of University Athletic Association

BY DENVER PARLER

Florida 70, Georgia 63
Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center
Gainesville, Fla.

Records: Florida 11-6 (7-5 SEC), Georgia 14-8 (6-9 SEC)

Box Score (PDF)
2020-21 Season Stats

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  *   Florida has won four straight vs. Georgia and has swept the season series four times in six seasons under Mike White. It also marked the Gators’ ninth win vs. Georgia under White, the most vs. any opponent during his tenure.
  *   Noah Locke hit three 3-pointers, bringing him to 201 for his career. Locke becomes the ninth Gator to reach 200 career made 3-point field goals and the first to join the club since KeVaughn Allen.
     *   It also marked the fifth time in the past six games that Locke has made three or more 3-pointers.
  *   Colin Castleton scored a team-best 14 points off the bench, marking his eighth consecutive appearance scoring in double figures and 11th in his past 12 games played.
  *   Ques Glover scored a season-high 11 points, shooting 4-for-5 from the field.
  *   Florida won despite committing 20 turnovers, the first time the Gators have done so since Nov. 14, 2012, vs. Wisconsin.

Head Coach Mike White

On Georgia’s run late in the game…
“Glad we hung on. These SEC games are hard to win, all of them are hard to win, can’t forget that. Did we play great down the stretch? Absolutely not, but Georgia was fantastic in transition offense off of makes and misses. With those guys in particular in this league, no lead is safe. No lead is safe really throughout college basketball, but especially a team that prides themselves on transition, initial push, again, off of makes and misses.”

On Florida’s shot selection…
“Our two big issues as of late have been shot selection and the turnovers. Our shot selection was really cleaned up tonight, especially in the first 20, it was really good. We had one guy take a couple tough ones, but other than that I really liked our looks in the first half. The second half, didn’t have many tough looks. I want to say we had one that was forced a little bit, but it was addressed.”

On Ques Glover’s play…
“I really liked his attitude, his body language tonight, I thought he did a good job defensively. I was considering saying it, and as I study this box score I’m going to say it, he probably played as well as any guard that we had today. It may have been his best game of the year.”

Tre Mann

On the big win…
“Every win is big, but we needed this one to get back on track after our last two… We have to play the same way we played and get another win.”

On what February has been like for the team…
“It’s been tough, a lot of adversity… Our coaches tell us to fight through it. That’s all we can do. That’s all we can do, we have to fight through adversity.”

On what the key was tonight…
“The key was just to lock in on the scout, we knew a lot of players would get work and we tried to key in on those plays. Offensively for us, it was just taking care of the ball and getting the shot.”

Noah Locke

On making history with his 200th career 3-pointer…
“It means a lot. I mean, I feel like, it’s definitely something that I should be proud of… It’s definitely a big accomplishment.”

On how critical the win was…
“Yeah, I thought it was really critical. We can use that to do something. Georgia is a good team. Just getting back, getting this win. We knew it was going to be a tough game for us and we knew we needed to come out really good in transition. They have fast guards. Being able to get it, that’s good.”

On how missing open threes affects him…
“I mean, it’s not really something that I have to make. I feel like me being the shooter, me being wide open – it should be like a layup to me. Just letting one go and keep shooting when I’m open. I know I can shoot the ball well, so continue to just keep shooting and eventually it’ll fall.”

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