Florida advances after an overtime victory over Virginia Tech

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Drama, drama and more drama. This team. This season. Florida pulls off a comeback after fighting back in overtime to advance in the NCAA Men's Tournament.
Florida trailed most of the game against Virginia Tech only to slowly close the gap and take the lead late in the second half. At the half, the Hokies led 33-27 and would hang onto that lead well into the second half. Offensive bursts from Colin Castleton and Tre Mann aided the Gators in taking the lead. Castleton had his second double-double of the season with 19 points and 14 rebounds.

According to Castleton, in his past few games he knew he was not rebounding to his standard, and he changed that today.
"We weren't losing this game," Castleton said. "We don't want to go back to Florida just yet."
Florida finally took the lead with 5:14 remaining in the second after two free throws from Castleton.
But that lead was squashed with 1.4 seconds to go off a three point shot from Nahiem Alleyne. Alleyne had a game-high 28 points. The game would sit tied at 64-64 and head into overtime.
Overtime followed in the same fashion that the final minutes of the second half did. Back and forth scoring, missed free throws and dunks. Colin Castleton and Tre Mann no doubt were the stars that shined on the court for Florida. Tre Mann with the ultimate victory three pointer to make it a 74-70 score with under .30 seconds to go. Mann contributed 14 points and brought the energy in overtime.
"Mann brings it every game. He's been playing tremendously," Castleton added. An extra free throw from Scottie Lewis would do it as the final score was 75-70. Head coach Mike White is proud of his team and how far they have come this season.
"I think defensively we stepped up," White said. "I just think we were more sharp defensively in the second half." He did not have an update on the status of Tyree Appleby who was helped off the court after being elbowed in the face. White also added that his team "made it a little more interesting than they needed to," in the first round of the Big Dance.
Florida advances to round 2. Who they will face will be determined later today after the Ohio State vs. Oral Roberts matchup.
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Round of 32. Not Sweet 16
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