Florida controls glass as Tigers fall in OT

Javonte Smart came through in a big way for the Tigers. More

Javonte Smart came through in a big way for the Tigers. More

UF started off well against the Tigers in Baton Rouge but were unable to carry their momentum to the second half as Florida lost to LSU 69-51 Thursday night.

The Tigers survived a frustrating first half to battle Florida (15-11, 7-6) for the final 13 minutes of regulation and into their fifth extra period of the season. I think some of our guys thought we were just gonna be able to show up and do what we do.

"They simply wanted it more than us", Reid said.

Yes, the Tigers fell from No. 21 in KenPom to No. 22. Allen, who went 0-for-3 in the first half, knocked down an early triple in the second half and then went on to shoot 6-for-9 from the floor and 5-for-7 from outside the arc, securing 21 points in the 82-77 overtime win for Florida.

The Tigers aren't alone in second place, though. However, LSU responded with a Naz Reid jumper to tie things up and send the game into overtime. The loss dropped the Tigers to 11-2 in the SEC.

But Tennessee is the team to beat now.

Allen's fourth shot went down - a moment LSU coach Will Wade called "the biggest play of the game". During regulation, Florida held LSU to almost 19 fewer points than its average per game. LSU couldn't recover, and took a loss.

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LSU hosts Tennessee Saturday at 11 am.

But again, those don't always come to fruition.

Tonight would qualify as one at home against Florida with an absolutely enormous home game with Tennessee on deck. Neither one of those held true.

"We're either gonna develop that over the next couple weeks, or that's how it's gonna end". "We have done that in the past before, but I think we have matured past that point". It's hard on people to work and put their money to come watch us play. "I thought they beat us to a lot of 50-50 balls", a clearly perturbed Wade said.

"We didn't do what we were supposed to do", Wade said. "This is the same type of team Missouri is".

"There's a certain type team that gives us a lot of problems and whenever our season ends, wherever that is, it's going to end just like this", Wade said. Whenever our season ends, wherever that is, it's going to end just like this. And whenever our season ends, wherever that is, it's gonna end just like this, in the same way, because we just don't have some of that stuff to beat some of these teams. "It's really that simple".

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