7:40 PM ET, March 22, 2013
Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas
No. 3 Gators shut down Northwestern St., NCAA's highest-scoring team
AUSTIN, Texas -- Florida coach Billy Donovan likes it when his team can run up and down the court.In their opening game of the NCAA tournament, not even the nation's highest-scoring team could keep up with the Gators.
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MVP:Erik Murphy was a force. The forward finished with 18 points (8-for-11), eight rebounds and two steals.
X factor: Northwestern State entered the game with the top-scoring offense in America (81.0 PPG). The Demons scored just 47 points overall and 15 points after halftime.
That was Florida: The Gators are a very strong defensive team. And they're also balanced. Four Florida players recorded double figures.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||18-50 (.360)||29-61 (.475)|
|3P Made-Attempted||3-16 (.188)||7-21 (.333)|
|FT Made-Attempted||8-11 (.727)||14-23 (.609)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||19 (0/0)||12 (0/0)|
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