Florida vs Vanderbilt game thread (all game talk in here)

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Florida takes on Vanderbilt at 6:30 p.m. in a game being shown on The SEC Network.

https://floridagators.com/sidearmstats/mbball/summary;team=away

https://floridagators.com/documents/2021/1/25/2021_01_27_Vanderbilt.pdf
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A poor possession by UF right there with the charge after forcing the turnover. Gators still lead 35-26.
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Closing in on the half, and Florida is shooting an outstanding 50% from the field before the missed corner 3.
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Florida opened at -12.5 as they lead 37-29 at halftime.
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Another stat from the first half, the Gators are shooting a ridiculous 54% from behind the arc going 7-13.
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Florida with another 3 to extend their lead to 11.
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Castleton with the tough 2 inside the paint to extend their lead to 20.
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With a little over 11 minutes left in the game, Florida leads by 18 and shooting 53% from the field.
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Glover drives coast-to-coast, but is fouled on the attempted layup.
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Vanderbilt with the deep 3 to cut the lead to 17, but Castleton quickly responds to push the lead back to 19.
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Vanderbilt then attempted to full-court press, however Florida was able to escape the pressure and the possession ends with an easy dunk. Florida leads 61-45.
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Locke with another 3.
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Vanderbilt is making a late push in this game as the lead is only 6 now.
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Florida had trouble rebounding on that possession as Vanderbilt comes away with the offensive rebound as Vanderbilt cuts the lead to 4.
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Florida manages to escape with a victory 78-71 as they squandered a 20-point lead in the second half.
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Scottie Lewis said that he focused on "just on being solid" to start off the game. He adds that the team had mental mistakes when the team almost "blew" their 20-point lead.
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Lewis said his biggest worry was coming back given how good the team was playing. He said that his health is great, and that he is happy to be back.
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Lewis said that he needs to make sure his teammates are in the right spot, and that he needs to hold himself accountable when asked about giving up the huge lead.
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When asked about Omar Payne, Lewis said he couldn't be more happy for Payne and that he is becoming a leader on the team. He adds that Payne and Castleton on the floor together are a great mixture.
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Noah Locke said that the team was not focused which allowed Vanderbilt to go on a 34-16 run.
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Locke said that Lewis being back was a huge lift, and that there was a lot of energy.
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Locke said the inability to close out games against Georgia and Vanderbilt was frustrating. He said that "in order to win big" is that they need to stay focused the entire second half.
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Locke said that it playing "all 40 minutes" against West Virginia is going to be important. He said that they can't finish against West Virginia the way they finished the last two games.
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Locke said that a key to making open shots is having confidence and staying confident.
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Mike White said Vanderbilt and Scottie Pippen Jr. was impressive. He credited their effort to scratch and crawl their way back in the game.
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White said he was surprised at the rebound effort and that Vanderbilt played better in that area. He also said that the team needs to improve their foul discipline.
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White said Lewis provided a big lift for the team as well as other role players.
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White said one main issue down the stretch was the focus of the team. He said they had missed block-outs, allowing right-handers to drive to the right side of the basket. "There is a lot to learn from this," White said.
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White said they need to "be better than that" when they play West Virginia on Saturday. He said that they have to learn from it, and sometimes "it just happens."
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White said that the team will watch the last 10 minutes of offense and defense in film tomorrow, and that they will focus on that.
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White said Lewis practiced for the first time in weeks yesterday, and that he didn't see the confidence in Lewis yesterday in practice as he did tonight during the first half.
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White said that Vanderbilt is "so unique," and that this will probably be the only time you will see what Vanderbilt did defensively for 40 minutes tonight. He said they make them play a little different and that they were effective tonight.
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