Florida coach Billy Donovan said that junior point guard Erving Walker’s missed 3-point attempt at the end of regulation was designed to go inside.
“We wanted to have Erv come around a screen and drive inside for some action around the basket,” Donovan said. “Instead, he settled for a jump shot.”
After dribbling the ball for 24 seconds, Walker fired a 25-footer with two seconds left that rattled out of the rim. Vanderbilt had a desperation full-court heave that fell shot off the rebound, and both teams went into overtime tied at 54.
Walker had an off shooting night, finishing 4-for-13 from the floor and 1-for-6 from 3-point range. He still wound up with a solid floor game with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
It was similar to a decision Walker made at the end of regulation against Jacksonville, when he dribbled around the perimeter instead of getting the ball closer to the basket in the closing seconds with the score tied. Walker missed an off-balanced 3-point shot attempt, and the Gators went on to their only overtime loss this season, 71-68.
— With the win against Vanderbilt, the Gators improved to 3-1 this season in overtime and 4-3 in games decided by five points or less. In 15 seasons at Florida, Donovan is 50-64 in games decided by five-points or less and 14-13 in overtime.
— Freshman forward Will Yeguete is averaging six rebounds per game off the bench in each of his last two games. But Yeguete struggled from the free-throw line, going 1-of-6 against Vanderbilt. “Will played hard,” Donovan said. “I’d love for him to be able to make a few more free throws for us, but he’s playing hard.”