Florida basketball: Gators pull off upset over No. 2 Tennessee
With a torrid start and a strong finish, Florida pulled off its biggest win of the Todd Golden era, upsetting No. 2 Tennessee 67-54 before an announced 10,160 at the O'Connell Center.
"It's a little bit of a culmination of the work that the guys have put in," Golden said. "This team has been through a lot of ups and downs."
Colin Castleton fueled the upset, finishing with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 1 blocked shot. Kyle Lofton added 14 points and 4 assists.
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Florida jumped to an early 17-4 lead. The Gators maintained a 27-21 lead into halftime but found themselves down 44-38 before mounting a second half comeback.
Down 46-42, Florida took control of the game with a 13-0 run. The Gators regained the lead, 47-46, on a transition layup by freshman Riley Kugel. Castleton then scored Florida's next five points before a 3-pointer by Lofton put Florida up 55-46 with 5:12 left.
"The game was ugly but we fought back," Lofton said. "We didn't let it discourage us."
Defensively, Florida held Tennessee to 27.9 percent shooting from the floor.
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