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No. 16 Florida beats No. 15 Memphis 77-75

12:30 AM, Dec 18, 2013   |    comments
Dec 17, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Memphis Tigers forward Austin Nichols (4) controls the ball in front of Florida Gators center Patric Young (4) during the first half of the second game of the Jimmy V. Classic at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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NEW YORK (AP) - Casey Prather scored 22 points, including Florida's last eight of the game, and the 16th-ranked Gators beat No. 15 Memphis 77-75 in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.

Prather made two free throws with 27 seconds left to give Florida (8-2) a 77-73 lead. Shaq Gooodwin made two free throws with 19 seconds left to bring Memphis (7-2) within 77-75.

Florida's Scottie Wilbekin missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 17 seconds left giving the Tigers a chance for the tie or win.

After calling a timeout with 10.8 seconds to go, Memphis' Joe Jackson drove to the basket but his shot was partially blocked and the clock ran out.

Dorian Finney-Smith added 14 points for the Gators and Wilbekin and Michael Frazier II both had 11.

Jackson had 17 points for Memphis, which had a six-game winning streak snapped, while Geron Johnson had 13 and Chris Crawford and David Pellom both had 12.

Associated Press

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