Florida 69, Vanderbilt 58
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Greg Williams hit a bucket with 2:19 left that put Florida ahead to stay as the Gators broke a three-game losing streak with a 69-58 victory over Vanderbilt Sunday.
The Gators (15-11, 8-8 Southeastern Conference) trailed most of the game before taking its first lead on a Dametri Hill hook with 16:38 left. The teams swapped the lead back and forth before Williams’ basket.
Vanderbilt (12-14, 6-10) enters the SEC tournament on a four-game losing skid with the loss and will play LSU in the first game Thursday. The Gators finished third in the SEC Eastern Division and will play Mississippi Thursday.
Dan Cross, the Gators’ leading scorer and third in the SEC, struggled with only four points all in the first half. Andrew DeClercq led Florida with 24 points followed by 18 from Hill. Williams finished with 11.
The Commodores struggled from the floor with 37 percent while the Gators shot 54 percent. Frank Seckar scored 14 points for Vanderbilt while Ronnie McMahan and Drew Maddux had 12 apiece.
Vanderbilt led by 18-5 early on a pair of 3-pointers by Seckar. But the Commodores went scoreless for six minutes, opening Florida up for a 13-3 run highlighted by Cross’ only baskets.
The Gators finally tied at 28 on a hook by DeClercq before Vanderbilt got two free throws from Seckar and a bucket by Woods for a 32-28 edge at intermission.