Florida ad­vances be­hind Robin­son

Austin American-Statesman - - NCAA TOURNAMENT -

After watch­ing count­less hours of video on Florida for­ward Devin Robin­son, East Ten­nessee State coach Steve Forbes knew he would be a matchup prob­lem. See­ing the 6-foot-8 Robin­son in per­son made it even more ob­vi­ous.

“He’s down­right scary,” Forbes said. “His length re­ally af­fected us.”

Robin­son tied his ca­reer-high with 24 points, Kasey Hill added 14 and No. 4 seed Florida used a sec­ond-half surge to beat 13th-seeded East Ten­nessee State 80-65 in the open­ing round of the NCAA Tour­na­ment in Orlando, Florida.

Robin­son, an NBA prospect who had been rel­a­tively quiet of late, scored his most points in nearly two months. He made 10 of 17 shots and chipped in seven re­bounds. The speedy Hill reached dou­ble fig­ures for the fourth con­sec­u­tive game. He also added six re­bounds and five as­sists for his most com­plete game in a month.

Ke­var­rius Hayes, fill­ing in for in­jured cen­ter John Eg­bunu, fin­ished with seven points, seven re­bounds and six steals. He broke the school record for steals in an NCAA Tour­na­ment game.

Florida (25-8) needed all those con­tri­bu­tions, es­pe­cially since coach Mike White got so lit­tle from lead­ing scorer KeVaughn Allen and South­east­ern Con­fer­ence Sixth Man of the Year Canyon Barry. Allen and Barry scored seven points apiece and were 2 of 15 com­bined.

Vir­ginia 76, UNC Wilm­ing­ton 71: De­fen­sive-minded Vir­ginia showed it can play with a lit­tle of­fen­sive tempo, even us­ing five guards to out­pace UNC Wilm­ing­ton.

Lon­don Per­rantes scored 24 points, Mar­ial Shayok added a ca­reer-high 23 off the bench and No. 5 seed Vir­ginia ral­lied from 15 points down to beat 12th-seeded UNC Wilm­ing­ton 76-71 in Orlando.

Vir­ginia ad­vanced past the first round for the fourth con­sec­u­tive year and won as a No. 5 seed for the first time in four tries.

The Cava­liers closed the first half with a 16-1 run that erased a dou­ble-digit deficit.

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