Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Time to Turn Page; with Improving Bulldogs in Town, Gators Can't Bask in Glow of Victory

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Time to Turn Page; with Improving Bulldogs in Town, Gators Can't Bask in Glow of Victory

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Byline: KYLE MAISTRI

GAINESVILLE - A buzzer-beater brought Florida a victory and maxed out Chandler Parsons' friends on Facebook, but it won't give his team an advantage when the Gators take the court tonight.

UF (14-5, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) will take on Georgia (9-8, 1-3) at 7 p.m. in the O'Connell Center, and Florida coach Billy Donovan hopes his players will be refocused after an emotional ending to Saturday's 58-56 win against South Carolina, capped by a 3-pointer from Parsons as time expired.

"The minute the ball goes up, we don't start the game with a couple extra points because Chandler knocked down a three," Donovan said. "We didn't start the game against LSU down by five because we lost two games before that."

Donovan is trying to send a message that emotional highs, fame and fan support can be a fickle thing when so much of it is derived from one shot at the end of the game.

Parsons was bombarded with more than 200 new friend requests from people he had never met and reached the limit of 5,000 total friends after his second buzzer-beater of the season, something he knows can disappear if he misses a similar shot against the Bulldogs.

"It's just crazy how, if that ball rattles out, the whole roles are reversed, and some people might even call me a choke if it doesn't go in," Parsons said. "No game is won by one shot."

Georgia has thrilled its home fans at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Ga., by knocking off ranked opponents like Tennessee and Georgia Tech, creating buzz as a team on the rise.

This is the question for the Bulldogs:

Can they take their show on the road?

"I think it's important that we find some success on the road," Georgia coach Mark Fox said. "We have to play well. We have to earn one."

Georgia is the only team in the SEC East without a conference win on the road.

Twelve of the 27 SEC games this year have been won by the road team. …

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