Gators defeat Vanderbilt, play Kentucky in final

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 12: Kenny Boynton #1 of the Florida Gators drives against Brad Tinsley #1 of the Vanderbilt Commodores during the semifinals of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at Georgia Dome on March 12, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

With another fantastic second half, the Gators defeated Vanderbilt 77-66 in the SEC semifinals. Sunday afternoon, the Gators will play Kentucky in the SEC Tournament final.

The Gators were down 12 points early in the second half when they started yet another late game rally. With 10 minutes to go, UF took their first lead of the game and never looked back.

Once again, the Gators' guards provided the firepower. Kenny Boynton scored a team-leading 24 points and Erving Walker had 17. Chandler Parsons was the other Gator in double figures, with 16 points and team-leading nine rebounds.

Alex Tyus (1 point, 7 rebounds in 20 minutes) and Vernon Macklin (6 points, 4 rebounds in 26 minutes) struggled with the quickturn around between games. But UF got 13 points and 15 rebounds from their bench, while Vandy's bench could only manage a single rebound. The Gators shot 48 percent from the field, 52 percent from 3-point range, and were 10-14 at the line. The Gators had turnover problems in the first half, but finished with a manageable 11 turnovers.

Florida plays Kentucky at 1pm on Sunday.

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