Andrew Nembhard punches Florida’s ticket to the NCAA tournament

Annette Crawford
March 16, 2019

SC couldn't keep him off the foul line the rest of the game.

Play SI's Realtime Brackets game. "I kind of put pressure on myself on being able to perform for my team". I know he was going to hit it because he's been working hard every Sunday.

"I just had confidence in him", Johnson said.

As for Auburn, they're 24-9 this year and on a nice six-game win streak right now. The No.8 Florida Gators took down the No.1 LSU Tigers in a late-game thriller.

Auburn went 13 of 34 from 3-point range Saturday and broke the SEC record for 3-point baskets in a single season by increasing its total to 368.

A pair of Kevaugh Allen free throws gave Florida a three-point advantage with under 30 seconds remaining in Friday afternoon's clash. Chris Silva led SC with 27 points and 11 rebounds, while Felipe Haase and Tre Campbell each added 12 points.

On Saturday, UF will take on the victor of Auburn-South Carolina, which is now underway. We heard stuff today. "I say yes", SC coach Frank Martin said.

The win advances Florida to the conference tournament's semifinals but was also pivotal for the Gators' NCAA tournament chances. Me saying that doesn't mean we belong. ". We did just enough to beat a very good team". "It wasn't a situation that we obviously wanted to be in, but in the moment it is what it is".

SC beat Auburn 80-77 in the regular season thanks to a career-high 32 points from Silva. The Tigers have so far taken out Missouri and SC in the first two rounds of the tourney.

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Nembhard led the Gators with 20 points on 7-for-14 from the floor, including 3-or-7 from the three-point line.

LSU managed to hold their double-digit advantage for the first five minutes of the second half, but Florida had a strong response to close the gap.

This game continued to go down to the wire as Florida saw their lead turn into a tied ball game after a Reid three-pointer. Harper had six assists and six rebounds to go along with his 27 points. Then Hayes made one-of-two free throws. "When you have a guard that's just able to get past the man at will, like easily, that's not real easy".

"It definitely shifts the momentum and it slows the game down, which is much better for them at the pace they play", LSU junior guard Skylar Mays said of that sequence. Auburn beat Florida 76-62 at home on February 9 in their lone regular-season matchup. The Gators faced each of these teams one time in the regular season, losing both of those matchups against the Tigers and the Gamecocks.

Florida's Johnson had just knocked down a 3-pointer to tie it with just under four minutes to play.

SC outscored Auburn by seven points when Silva was on the floor.

The Tigers extend their lead to five points after a jumper by Javonte Smart and a layup by Marlon Taylor. Wiley scored two points in only three minutes.

Florida: Semifinal vs. Auburn on Saturday.

SC waits to learn whether it gets an NIT invitation.

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