No. 12 Florida pulled away from Tennessee in the second half to defeat the Volunteers for the third time, 85-74, and advance to the SEC Tournament semifinals. Tennessee had moments where they played well, but the Gators seemingly couldn't miss, scoring 56 points in the second half to get the win.
The Volunteers had the lead midway through the second half, but Florida slowly pulled away, eventually taking a 13-point lead with 4:32 remaining. Tennessee never got closer than nine points the rest of the way.
Kenny Boynton led the Gators with 22 points, as Florida shot 59 percent from the field in the win. Tobias Harris had 25 to lead all scorers for the Volunteers.
Florida now moves on to face the winner of Friday night's quarterfinal between Vanderbilt and LSU. Tennessee drops to 19-14 and now has to sweat the NCAA Tournament bubble.
First Round: Thursday, March 10
Quarterfinals: Friday, March 11
West No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide def. Georgia, 65-59
East No. 2 Kentucky Wildcats def. Mississippi, 75-66
East No. 1 Florida Gators def. Tennessee, 85-74
West No. 2 Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Vanderbilt-LSU winner, 10:00 p.m., SEC Network
Semifinals: Saturday, March 12
Quarterfinals game 1 winner vs. quarterfinals game 2 winner, 1:00 p.m., ABC
Quarterfinals game 3 winner vs. quarterfinals game 4 winner, 3:30 p.m., ABC
Championship game: Sunday, March 13
Semifinals winners, 1:00 p.m., ABC
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