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Gators Escape From Tuscaloosa

Thursday, Chandler Parsons got the night off as Erving Walker was the hero in Florida's 66-65 victory over Alabama. The Gators (16-6, 5-3 SEC) fought back a very game Alabama (13-9, 3-5) and took a four point lead into the final two minutes of the game. Alabama rallied with five straight points to take a 65-64 lead. Walker missed his first chance to take the lead, but Kenny Boynton saved him with a huge rebound. Walker made his second shot and Florida's defense held back Bama's last gasp.

Walker finished with 16 points and four rebounds, Boynton had 15 points and six rebounds, while Alex Tyus led UF with 19 points and seven boards. The Gators shot 50% as a team and had 21 second chance points. As well as UF as played since starting SEC play 0-2, they do have one huge problem; no bench. The un-holy trinity of Ray Shipman, Erik Murphy and Dan Werner combined for two points.

Florida plays Mississippi State Saturday in Gainesville.