Florida edges Auburn to win 18th straight
Gainesville, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Patric Young hit two critical free throws that snapped a tie game with 19.4 seconds left, and No. 2 Florida survived a major scare from a gritty Auburn team to come through with a 71-66 victory at the O'Connell Center.
The Gators (24-2, 13-0 SEC) set a program record with their 18th consecutive win and 30th straight on their home court, but it was anything but easy. The SEC front-runners trailed 38-30 at halftime and 65-63 with two minutes left prior to putting together a game-ending 8-1 run.
Young led the way by netting all 17 of his points in the second half and going 7-of-9 from the charity stripe. Casey Prather added 16 points and nine rebounds, with Scottie Wilbekin chipping in 15 points for Florida.
Auburn (12-12, 4-9) hung with the Gators all throughout by knocking down 10- of-18 shots from 3-point range, but faltered down the stretch to negate the upset bid.
Tahj Shamsid-Deen made five treys while matching a career-high with 17 points, with Chris Denson and KT Harrell finishing with 16 and 15, respectively.
02/19 21:27:23 ET