Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gators Seal Win at Foul Line; Parsons' Free Throws with 15.6 Seconds Left Put Game out of Reach

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gators Seal Win at Foul Line; Parsons' Free Throws with 15.6 Seconds Left Put Game out of Reach

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Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO

GAINESVILLE - It was another rough night at the free-throw line for the Florida basketball team, but the Gators made two when they needed them the most.

Chandler Parsons sank them both with 15.6 seconds to play in overtime to give the Gators a 65-61 victory over Vanderbilt at the O'Connell Center on Tuesday night. Those shots helped overcome UF's 1-for-4 performance from the foul line with 3:50 to play in regulation,

"That's for all you guys that have been hating on me all year long saying I can't shoot free throws," Parsons joked. "Like I told all you guys from the beginning, it's between my ears. I just need to be a man and go up there and put the ball in the hole. Individually and collectively as a team, we need to concentrate more on free throws. I think we did a better job on that tonight."

Parsons, who finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds, set up his game-clinching free throws by grabbing his own rebound after he missed a baseline runner.

"I felt [Brad] Tinsley chasing on me, so I curled, and I shot it," Parsons said. "I knew I left it short, so I chased my own rebound."

Florida had missed 13-of-22 free throws before Parsons' clutch shots, and the Gators finished 15 of 26 from the line because Will Yeguete missed two with 7.6 seconds to play.

The victory snapped a two-game losing streak to the 23rd-ranked Commodores (15-6, 3-4 Southeastern Conference) and gave UF (17-5, 6-2 SEC) a little more breathing room atop the Eastern Division standings, thanks to Ole Miss' upset of Kentucky earlier in the night.

Florida also got 15 points from Kenny Boynton - who hit a 3-pointer with 1:05 remaining in OT that put UF ahead 63-61 - and Erving Walker. John Jenkins led Vanderbilt with 22 points.

Florida had a 53-45 lead with 4:53 remaining in regulation, but Vanderbilt closed with a 9-1 run to force overtime. …

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