|Billy Donovan, Florida head coach :|
by Tom Morgan
Jon Horford made a pair of free throws with 2:34 left to put 18th ranked Florida up for good and the Gators closed the game on an 11-0 run to beat upset-minded UAB 56-47 in the consolation round at the Battle 4 Atlantis on Thursday night.
Kasey Hill's layup with 1:26 left - just the second 2-point basket after halftime for Florida - put the Gators up 51-47 and they held on from there, despite shooting 34 percent from the field and missing 10 of their first 11 shots in the second half.
Michael Frazier scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds and freshman point guard Chris Chiozza added 13 points and six steals for the Gators, who bounced back from an overtime loss to Georgetown the night before.
Tosin Mehinti and Robert Brown each scored 12 points for UAB, which led by as many as seven early and was up 47-45 with 3:59 remaining.
Florida took advantage of 16 UAB turnovers, turning them into 24 points.
The Gators, now 3-2, will play fifth ranked North Carolina tonight in the consolation final of the tournament. UNC blasted No. 22 UCLA 78-56 behind Marcus Paige's 21 points.
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