Florida beats Virginia to advance to Sweet 16

Florida forward Kevarrius Hayes (13), right, and guard Kasey Hill (0) cheer Justin Leon (23), during the second half of the second-round game against Virginia in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. Florida defeated Virginia 65-39. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

ORLANDO, Fla. (WFLA) —The Florida Gators are on their way to the Sweet 16.

The men’s basketball team just beat the fifth-seeded Virginia 63-39 on Saturday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Devin Robinson had 14 points and 11 rebounds, the fifth double-double of his career.

Justin Leon added 14 points and nine boards for the Gators (26-8), who advanced to the Sweet 16 for the 11th time in school history and fifth in the last seven years. They will play No. 8 seed Wisconsin in the East Region in New York City on Friday.

They can thank stingy defense and a ridiculous run spanning halftime for this trip to Madison Square Garden.

Florida held Virginia (23-11) to a season-low 17 points in the first half and 30.2 percent shooting on the night. The turning point came late in the first half, when the Gators started a 21-0 run that was their most lopsided of the season.

 

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