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Florida Vs. Alabama Recap: Second Half Surge Staggers Tide, Brad Beal Dunk Is KO In 61-52 Win

From the 1:34 mark of the first half against Alabama to the 14:57 mark of the second half, Florida went on a 19-0 run in Tuscaloosa that turned a 26-23 deficit into a massive 42-26 lead. And on this Valentine's Day, that was all the Gators needed to get back to their winning ways, as they held on in the second half for a 61-52 victory.

Florida got a lot of production from a weird "big three": Patric Young led all scorers with 19 points, Erik Murphy had 14 points, five rebounds, and four steals, and Bradley Beal had 14 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks, two steals, and one thunderous dunk late in the game that, well, watch it after the jump via @GatorNicole.

That more than made up for bad scoring nights from Erving Walker (five points on one-for-six shooting) and Kenny Boynton (nine points, two-for-eight), though Walker recovered from a bad first half to dish out seven assists and break Ronnie Montgomery's school record for career assists. Five of Walker's seven assists came in the 16-0 stretch to begin the second half.

This is the sort of performance Florida needs on the road, and though the parts of the game that bookended that fantastic run were less than ideal, sometimes less than ideal is enough.

After the jump, the GIF of Beal's dunk, via Only Gators.


It looks even more impressive from the angle from behind Beal, but I haven't seen that get uploaded just yet.