Florida vs No. 12 LSU game thread (all game talk in here)

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Florida takes on No. 12 LSU at 7:00 p.m. in ExacTech Arena in a game being shown on ESPN2.

Jake is courtside and will be posting updates throughout the game, and then the post-game press conference here in the thread.

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Pre-game Notes
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The Gators take the court. About two minutes until we get started here.
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LSU starters
Brandon Murray
Eric Gaines
Mwani Wilkinson
Darius Days
Efton Reid

Florida starters
Kowacie Reeves
Myreon Jones
Tyree Appleby
Anthony Duruji
Colin Castleton
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Tigers control the tip and Darius Days immediately gets a layup for the 2-0 lead.
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Days gets another bucket and Castleton responds on the other end for the Gators' first points.
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Mwani Wilkinson drains a corner three and Jones heaves a terrible three the next possession. Duruji did his best on the other end blocking one LSU shot then gets called for goaltending blocking a layup off the offensive board by Days.
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Days nailed a three. He has nine of LSU's 12 points and hasn't missed from the field yet. White is forced to take a timeout. Tigers lead 12-4.
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Gators just haven't come out great and LSU has. Florida's left three-point shooters wide open on two different possessions now.
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LSU comes out with a 1-3-1 on the full court and Appleby throws it into the LSU bench. Gators get the stop and Jones nails a triple.
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Duruji gets into the passing lane. Gators take it down where Duruji scores on a nifty 360 layup with a very generous roll. Murray gets a layup and Castleton responds with a dunk. LSU leads 14-11.
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Felder in for Duruji and McKissic in for Appleby.
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Castleton's come to play tonight. Looking really physical down low and has blocks on back-to-back possessions before he's spelled by Duruji.
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Eason picks Jones's pocket and gets an easy dunk to halt the Gator run.
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We're at the under-12 timeout with LSU leading 18-13. Gators shooting 6-12 from the field and 1-6 from three. Meanwhile LSU is 8-16 and 2-3.
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Fleming misses a quick shot off the inbound to beat the shot clock. Felder grabs the board, goes up and is fouled. But he can't convert and misses both FTs.
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Florida keeps taking threes yet can't make them. They've taken several and haven't made a basket since 11:29 in this half.
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Eric Gaines makes a pair of free throws and the Tigers are now up double digits 24-13.
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Elijah Kenndy's getting some minutes and he just missed a three pointer. Offense is going to have to come from somewhere else because LSU is trapping/doubling Castleton every time he touches the ball.
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Duruji picked up his second foul and he's probably done for this half. Felder will get plenty of run now.
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Castleton with a dunk and that's Florida's first make in four minutes. We're at the under-8 with LSU leading 27-15.
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Kowacie Reeves got the start but hasn't seen the floor since 17:08 to go in the half.
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Felder his first free throw of the night on his fourth attempt. It's a 14-point game as Gaines banks in a desperation 30-footer. Gaines then picks up a flop
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Castleton goes to the line and knocks down a pair. Florida will have the bonus for the next 5.5 minutes.
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Felder gets his second block and it's Florida's seventh of the game.
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Felder makes back-to-back FTs then a stop and a three by Phlan Fleming gets it to 30-23. The O Dome's woken up a bit.
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These teams are similar percentage-wise but LSU's made four more shots on nine more attempts. The Tigers are outrebounding UF 7-4 on the offensive glass. A 4-1 advantage on second change points. Florida has 8 turnovers.
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A McKissic three cut the deficit to 32-26 but an LSU lay-in puts it at 34-26. Florida will have to shoot its way back into the game because LSU is working to deny everything inside.
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A note on those pair of threes but Fleming and McKissic. They were Florida's first makes from deep since Myreon Jones's triple with 15:51 left in the half.
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The deficit is still at eight with 41.1 left to play. Jones gets fouled on a three attempt. Misses the first but nails the next two. 36-30 LSU.
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Gaines gets a layup on a sweet pump fake that gets Castleton in the air. Time expires and Florida goes into the half down 38-30.
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It really is time for Mike White to be gone.
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First half stats: Florida-LSU
FG%: 41.7 - 47.1
3FG: 3-13 - 3-6
REB: 15 - 18
OREB: 5 - 8
AST: 7 - 5
PF: 3 - 10
TOs: 8 - 5
Pts off TO: 6 - 2
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Starting lineup for the 2nd half is the same as the first except Fleming is in for Reeves.
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LSU makes two baskets to Florida's none and now leads 42-30
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Tigers come out on a 6-0 run and Florida's forced to use a timeout. Another poor start to a second half for this team.
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