Florida Gators guard Chris Chiozza has been clutch for his whole career. And since authoring one of the greatest moments in program history with a running buzzer-beater to win a Sweet Sixteen game last March, he has only burnished his credentials as a star who shines brightest when the lights are at their most glaring.
On Saturday against Missouri, he may have one-upped even himself.
ARE YOU SERIOUS!?!— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) January 6, 2018
Chris Chiozza with the game-winning steal and layup for @GatorsMBK!!! pic.twitter.com/Fhnw9q96lb
There's clutch.— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) January 6, 2018
And then there's Chris Chiozza. pic.twitter.com/dCF9IzNMfS
And listen, too.
What. A. Finish.— Gators Men’s Basketball (@GatorsMBK) January 6, 2018
“The Gators have won the game, OH MY.” pic.twitter.com/kodlgkzPys
"THANK YOU SO MUCH CHRIS CHIOZZA!!!"— IMG Audio (@IMGAudio) January 6, 2018
Mick Hubert's call of Chiozza's GAME WINNER for @GatorsMBK will give you CHIILS!https://t.co/DsNpIcEbC1
With the seconds ticking down in Columbia, and Missouri holding for the last shot in a 75-75 game, Chiozza diagnosed and destroyed Missouri’s final play — designed to get a three-point look for a red-hot Jordan Barnett — to get a steal and a coast-to-coast layup on the last play of the game, and secure — steal, really — a 77-75 win for Florida.
Chiozza would finish the game with 13 points, all in the second half, six assists — and just the one fateful steal.
And Florida is now 3-0 in SEC play.