Kentucky Wildcats scratch past Gators in regular-season finale

Willie Cauley-Stein - photo by James Crisp | AP
Willie Cauley-Stein – photo by James Crisp | AP

Julius Mays’ two free throws with 9.4 seconds remaining capped the Wildcats’ comeback from a seven-point deficit for a 61-57 upset of No. 11 Florida on Saturday that revived its tournament prospects.

Archie Goodwin’s 16 points led the way in a game that Wildcats coach described Friday as “do or die” for his defending national champions. Kentucky needed a signature win to maintain its hopes for an tournament bid.

Kentucky (21-10, 12-6) still needs another win in next week’s Southeastern Conference tournament to bolster its bid. The Wildcats outscored the Gators 11-0 over the final 7:28 for their second win over a Top 25 opponent.

Murphy’s 17 points led Florida (24-6, 14-4), which missed its final 11 shots.

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