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Florida Gators basketball team loses to Kansas State 67-61

11:53 PM, Dec 22, 2012   |    comments
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Will Spradling had 17 points and five assists, including one that set up Shane Southwell's 3-pointer in the closing minutes, and Kansas State beat No. 8 Florida 67-61 on Saturday night.

Rodney McGruder added 13 points and Jordan Henriquez had nine points and five blocks for the Wildcats (9-2), who watched a 10-point halftime lead evaporate before clamping down against one of the nation's top defensive teams and then pulling away in the final minutes.

Patric Young had 19 points for the Gators (8-2), including two with just over 2 minutes left that got them within 58-55. But that's when Southwell knocked down his 3 from the corner, and McGruder made two free throws with 1:05 left to create some breathing room.

Kansas State held on from the foul line for its first regular-season, non-conference win over a top 10 team since defeating No. 8 Minnesota on Dec. 21, 1981.

Associated Press

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