Alex Tyus continues to star for Florida, as the Gators have pushed ahead 53-44 with 7:37 remaining in the second half of its Elite Eight game against Butler. Tyus has scored the Gators' last six points.
Matt Howard, who continues to struggle with his shot, missed yet another three-pointer on Butler's first possession after the under-12 minute timeout, dropping to 2-8 from the field for the game. Shelvin Mack then threw the ball away on a crosscourt pass against the Gators' press, which eventually led to two free throws from Tyus and a 49-40 Florida lead at the 9:50 mark.
Mack tried to get Butler back in it with another pull-up three-pointer, but it went in and out. On the ensuing possession, Tyus drove, pulled up to avoid the charge and hit a right-handed floater to give Florida a 51-40 lead. Florida then fell asleep on an out of bounds play, allowing Howard to sneak in for a layup. The Gators then missed the rebound on a free throw, and Howard drew a foul on Tyus. Howard missed the free throw, but Andrew Smith climbed over Tyus' back to tip it in and cut the lead to 51-44 with 8:35 remaining. Tyus responded by getting the roll on a jumper, his 14th point of the game.