ORLANDO, Fla. – Scottie Wilbekin scored 21 factors and prime-seeded Florida beat Pittsburgh sixty one-45 within the NCAA event Saturday, advancing to the Candy sixteen for the fourth consecutive yr.
Patric Younger added seven factors and eight rebounds for the Gators, who prolonged their college file for consecutive wins to 28.
Coming off a lackluster performance in its NCAA opener, Florida (34-2) played with significantly more vitality and depth against the Panthers (26-10).
Wilbekin and Younger spearheaded the effort. And had Florida not been chilly from three-point range, the game would have been basically over a lot ahead of it was. The Gators have been 5 of 20 from behind the arc, with not less than 5 of those rimming in and out.
Florida advanced to the round of 16, the place it can play either fourth-seeded UCLA or 12th-seeded Stephen F. Austin on Thursday in Memphis, Tenn. The Bruins and Lumberjacks play Sunday in San Diego.
Talib Zanna led the Panthers with 10 factors, their only player in double figures.