SW Louisiana 65, Florida 64
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) _ Cedric Hill hit the winning 16-footer with 2:33 left to play and Donald Jacobs swatted away Florida’s second desperation shot with three seconds left Thursday night in leading Southwestern Louisiana past the Gators, 65-64, in the National Invitation Tournament.
Hill’s 22 points led the Ragin’ Cajuns, who advance with a 17-13 record into the NIT’s second round against an unspecified opponent. Florida ended its season at 18-12.
USL led the entire game, but never by more than nine points.
An 18-footer by George Almones gave USL a 63-59 lead with 3:22 remaining, but a three-point play by Florida’s Andrew Moten cut the Cajuns’ advantage once again to a single point.
Then, after Hill’s 16-footer made it USL by 65-62 with 2:33 remaining, Moten hit an 18-footer with 2:07 left to move the Gators again to within one point.
After grabbing the subsequent defensive rebound, Florida worked for the winning shot. Vernon Maxwell tried first, but his running jump shot on the baseline missed with five seconds remaining, then Moton missed the tipin with three seconds left and USL’s Jacobs swatted the ball back outside.
Jacobs’ 14 points, Drexal Allen with 13 and Almones’ 12 points backstopped Hill’s high-scoring performance.
Randall Leath’s 17 points led Florida, while Moten added 16 and Maxwell had 13.