Gators beat N.C. State in miracle shot
Published: Sunday, January 3, 2010 at 6:20 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 3, 2010 at 6:20 p.m.
RALEIGH, N.C. — Chandler Parsons' 75-foot 3-pointer at the overtime buzzer lifted Florida past North Carolina State 62-61 on Sunday.
Vernon Macklin scored 14 points and Erving Walker added 13 for the Gators (11-3). Florida appeared headed for a loss after Farnold Degand's free throw with 2.6 seconds put N.C. State up 61-59.
But Degand missed his second free throw. Parsons grabbed the rebound, took two dribbles and uncorked a shot from roughly three-quarter court that swished through, sending the Gators pouring onto the court to mob him.
Tracy Smith scored 21 points and Javier Gonzalez scored eight of his 13 in overtime for the Wolfpack (10-4).
The Gators were 2-for-23 from 3-point range before Parsons swished his heave.
Alex Tyus added 11 points for Florida, which missed its first 13 3-pointers and later missed one that would have won it in regulation.
Gonzalez, who had six turnovers, forced overtime with a key stickback before starting the extra session with a 3 from the corner and hitting a baseline drive that put the Wolfpack up 53-48.
After Florida cut it to 58-57, Gonzalez hit two free throws with 6.5 seconds left. Erving Walker then made it 60-59 by hitting two free throws with 3.3 seconds left — including his second attempt, when he clearly was attempting to intentionally miss and give the Gators a chance at a putback.
Scott Wood scored 12 points on four 3-pointers, including one that put N.C. State up 45-44 with 8 minutes left in regulation. But that was the Wolfpack's last field goal until Gonzalez tipped in Horner's missed layup to tie it at 48 with 32 seconds left. Florida hustled downcourt and called a timeout with 25.5 seconds left, but Walker's pull-up 3 with about 4 seconds left rimmed out and Gonzalez chased down the rebound.
Kenny Boynton, who entered averaging a team-best 14.2 points for the Gators, finished with seven on 3-for-13 shooting. The Gators extended their winning streak to three and were coming off their most lopsided win of the year, a 41-point rout of Presbyterian.
Florida's first 3 in this one came when Walker swished one with 8:45 left in regulation. Boynton hit the second with about 14 seconds left in OT.
N.C. State led for most of the first half after one of its most efficient stretches of the season. The Wolfpack scored on seven of eight trips and hit 7 of 9 shots during their 18-7 run, going up 18-11 on Horner's three-point play with just under 13 minutes left and stretching the lead to eight.
Florida couldn't get anything going from the perimeter, missing all nine of its 3s in the half, but tightened things up by reeling off six quick points in the final 1:09 as part of a 12-2 run that bridged the break. Macklin's layup with 16:25 left put the Gators up 33-31 — their first lead since early in the first half.
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