Gators survive Albany and advance to 2nd round

By Kevin Talley - Sports photographer/producer
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Florida forward Casey Prather dunks the ball during the first half of the second-round game against Albany in the NCAA college basketball tournament.

ORLANDO, Fla. - Patric Young's put back basket broke a 39-39 tie and propelled the Gators to a 67-55 victory over Albany in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Great Danes stayed close for 25 minutes before Young's three point play started a 7-0 run. The Gators pushed the lead to 10 at 51-41 on Michael Frazier's first three point basket of the game.

Young says it will take more to win Saturday.

"Looking at this game we feel moving forward this isn't going to be enough to keep our season going," Young said. "We know there is more inside of us and more we can give. We're going to have to do that if we want to make the sweet 16.

Florida's trademark defense was absent in the first half when the Great Danes shot 57 percent from the field but the second half was a different story with the Great Danes shooting 39 percent for the game.

"We were not as connected defensively as we've been up to this point in time," head coach Billy Donovan said. "We've been a great defensive team this year and today we were not. But most important thing here is survive and advance and we advanced."

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The Gators had five players in double figures led by Casey Prather and Dorian Finney-Smith with 16. Young finished with a double double scoring 10 points and pulling down 10 rebounds for his first double double of the season.

Florida advances to play Pittsburgh in the second round Saturday.

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