WHAT HAPPENED:  Fifth-year senior level guard Tyree Appleby hit a 30-foot 3-level shot at the buzzer to give the 23rd-ranked Gators a pulsating approach-from-in the good thing about victory over the Buckeyes in the championship sport of the Castle Myer’s Tip-Off at Suncoast Credit Enviornment. Sooner than his dynamic, sport-a hit open, Appleby had made upright definitely one of his nine photos for the sport and his team had led most attention-grabbing twice over the 40 minutes. But after Ohio Declare forward Eric Liddell, in a low-put up fight with UF’s Anthony Duruji, uncared for a baseline bank with the shot clock winding down. UF guard Myreon Jones rebounded with six seconds left, pitched the ball forward up the good sideline to Appleby, old vogue a single dribble to switch the ball deeper into the front court docket and buried the winner to withhold the Gators unbeaten. UF grad-switch Phlandrous Fleming Jr. scored 19 points and senior forward Colin Castleton added 11 points and 13 rebounds for his third double-double of the season, but UF struggled all evening to position the ball in the outlet, ending at 36.7 p.c for the sport, including 31 in the first half of. The Gators by no manner quit, on the different hand, despite trailing by 10 points early in the 2nd half of and by seven with now not up to 5 minutes to switch in opposition to an Ohio Declare team that shot 53 p.c in the first and 58 in the 2nd. It helped that UF compelled 18 turnovers and held OSU with out a enviornment plan the ultimate three minutes. Liddell scored 23 points and grabbed 5 rebounds for the Buckeyes, who additionally got 11 points and six rebounds from forward Ryan Young earlier than fouling out with nine minutes left. Castleton, voted the match’s MVP, hit the 2nd of two free throws with 2: 15 left to give the Gators their first lead for the reason that 2: 30 impress of the hole half of. OSU got a couple free throws spherical a Fleming omit earlier than UF tied the sport with 35 seconds when Appleby (8 points, 2 assists) lofted a great alley-oop that Duruji (8 points, 3 rebounds) tomahawked, organising the wild accomplish. Surely wild. 


Florida’s CJ Felder (honest appropriate) and Brandon McKissic (23) give scheme on Ohio Declare forward Eric LIddell all via Wednesday evening’s Castle Myers Tip-Off title sport.

WHAT IT MEANS:  This team despatched a message about its toughness and fight. What a immense match to accomplish on. Now now not most attention-grabbing that, 5 video games into the 2021-22 season, the Gators have banked some quality Rep Overview Tool (NET) points with two wins in opposition to novel Quadrant-1 opponents (Florida Declare and OSU), which is ready to hunt in fact good down the twin carriageway when it comes time to appear postseason resumes. The marked the first time in 44 years that UF has received vacation tournaments in advantage-to-advantage seasons. In 1976, the Gators received the Gator Bowl Tournament in Jacksonville and chased that a year later by a hit the 1977 Vermont Classic. Florida is 5-0 for the first time for the reason that ’17-18 season and for the 2nd all via Coach Mike White‘s seven seasons with the Gators. 

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: This became Fleming’s breakout sport in a UF uniform (5-for-11 from the bottom, 9-for-10 from the free-throw line), but Appleby stole it … and Fleming became fully chilly with it. 

STAGGERING STATISTIC:  The perimeter starting up trio of Appleby (2-for-10), Jones (2-for-7) and Brandon McKissic (2-for-10) mixed to win upright six of their 25 photos, and the Gators peaceable received. That’s a testomony to a lot of things, starting up with their protection and skills to fight via adversity. 

UP NEXT:  Florida (5-0) will have Thanksgiving Time off, then return to work Friday in preparation for Sunday’s noon home sport in opposition to Troy (4-2). The Trojans, out of the Solar Belt Convention, opened the season with a 70-59 loss at Butler, then received a shut home opener in opposition to Jacksonville Declare earlier than heading to the Boca Raton, Fla., to play in the six-team, Florida Atlantic-hosted Paradise Classic. Troy lost its first sport, 74-72, to North Dakota, but rebounded with wins over UT-Martin and FAU Monday. 

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