published Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Florida 1st to Final Four, beating Dayton 62-52

Florida center Patric Young (4) vies for a rebound with Dayton forward Devin Oliver, left, and Dayton forward/center Matt Kavanaugh (35) during their regional final game at the NCAA basketball tournament, Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Memphis.
Florida center Patric Young (4) vies for a rebound with Dayton forward Devin Oliver, left, and Dayton forward/center Matt Kavanaugh (35) during their regional final game at the NCAA basketball tournament, Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Memphis.
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MEMPHIS — The Florida Gators are first yet again this season.

Scottie Wilbekin scored 14 of his 23 points in the first half, and Florida became the first team to advance to the Final Four with a 62-52 win Saturday night over the 11th-seeded Dayton Flyers in the South Region final.

The Gators reached their fifth Final Four after losing at this point in each of the past three NCAA tournaments. This time, they came in as the country's top-ranked team and the overall No. 1 seed.

Florida won its 30th straight game and improved to 36-2, topping the 35 wins by the 2007 national championship squad.

Patric Young scored 12 points, and Michael Frazier II added 10 for Florida.

Dyshawn Pierre led the Flyers (26-11) with 18 points.

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