published Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Top-seeded Florida pulls away, beats Albany 67-55

Florida's Will Yeguete (15), Michael Frazier II (20) and Scottie Wilbekin (5) speak to Patric Young (4) during their game against Albany in the NCAA basketball tournament Thursday, March 20, 2014, in Orlando, Fla.
Florida's Will Yeguete (15), Michael Frazier II (20) and Scottie Wilbekin (5) speak to Patric Young (4) during their game against Albany in the NCAA basketball tournament Thursday, March 20, 2014, in Orlando, Fla.
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ORLANDO, Fla. — Dorian Finney-Smith scored 16 points, most of them on dunks, and top-seeded Florida used a second-half surge to beat No. 16 seed Albany 67-55 in the NCAA tournament Thursday.

The Gators (33-2) showed some vulnerability, though, while extending their school-record winning streak to 27 games.

Coach Billy Donovan's team sleepwalked through the first half, swapping the lead back and forth with the pesky Great Danes, but Florida's bench provided a much-needed spark.

Finney-Smith, the Southeastern Conference's sixth man of the year, was 6-of-10 shooting. Freshman guard Kasey Hill, who wasn't sure he would be able to play because of turf toe, chipped in 10 points.

Patric Young finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds, his first double-double of the season. Casey Prather (16 points) and Scottie Wilbekin (10) also reached double figures for Florida, which will play ninth-seeded Pittsburgh in the South Region on Saturday.

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