Florida takes down another ranked opponent

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28.1 seconds remaining. Tyree Appleby takes it to the free throw line to make it 85-80 for Florida. West Virginia is not out of it yet. The ball is on the Mountaineers side. Bodies jarring everywhere following the ball's path. West Virginia launches the ball from any spot it can while an army of orange and black race for the rebound. Tre Mann gets it driving the ball back to Gator territory where it will stay until the clock hits zero. Florida wins.
Toughness. If there has been one consistent thing about this Gator team it's their toughness. From losing their leader early in the season to beating now two ranked opponents, this team extends its win streak to four.
The first half was a slower, foul-riddled game. Derek Culver dominated the court with 21 points for the Mountaineers. Colin Castleton described Florida's play as "soft," allowing Culver to run the game.
"He got a lot of easy buckets that he wasn't supposed to," Castleton said.
The only Gator who came close to those numbers was Noah Locke with 10. Florida compiled 24 fouls and 13 total turnovers on Wednesday.
"It was pretty scrappy," Locke said.
"It was just foul after foul after foul."
According to Castleton, who finished with four personal fouls, the biggest deficiency for Florida has been fouling. But it was not all bad for Florida. He also contributed 21 points and seven rebounds. Coming it at 6'11, he also put up 5 blocks. Locke was not far behind with 19 points and five rebounds. As a team, the Gators three-point percentage was 47.1% compared to West Virginia's 28.6%. Florida also had a field goal percentage of 48.1% and went 25-30 from the free-throw line.

Head coach Mike White describes his team as "resilient." Florida managed to upset another top-25 team, and this time they did it away.
"People forget that these guys---we came back from Tallahassee, and we were done," Mike White recalled. It's been the talking point for the season, the loss of the the SEC Preseason Player Keyontae Johnson.
"We needed to mentally heal from the trauma these guys experienced," White said.
Getting back into shape, utilizing the bench and playing for Johnson seemed to have propelled this team. The Gators look to extend their win streak to five later this week taking on South Carolina on Wednesday at 6:30.
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Tough, gritty win! Love the way this team has been playing as of late. Chomp Chomp!
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