Florida guard KeVaughn Allen (5) puts up a shot against Wisconsin forward Ethan Happ (22) in the first half of an East Regional semifinal game of the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament, Friday, March 24, 2017, in New York. AP photo
NEW YORK — Florida sophomore guard KeVaughn Allen set a career-high and UF NCAA Tournament record with 35 points in the 84-83 OT win over Wisconsin on late Friday night.
Allen did it in front of a special spectator, his mom, Ahna Curry, who has been to a handful of Gator games this season.
“She raised me the right way, so I give her all the credit for the night,” Allen said Saturday. “Just the way that she raised me and the young man I grew up to be.”
Florida football coach Jim McElwain had predicted earlier in the week that Allen would have a breakout game against the Badgers. After going 3 of 21 in his first two NCAA Tournament games, Allen went 11 of 24 from the field, 4 of 12 from 3-point range and 9 of 10 from the free-throw line.
In two games at Madison Square Garden, Allen is averaging 28 points. But Allen isn’t taking for granted that he has his mojo back, knowing that the Gators will be going up against a tough South Carolina defense.
“I have a lot of confidence right now, but playing now it’s going to be very tough,” Allen said. “I think we’ve just got to match their intensity, be physical.”
The Big Cheese?
Just call him Mr. Big Shot.
The day after Florida junior point guard Chris Chiozza’s 3-pointer at the buzzer that lifted Florida to the overtime win against Wisconsin was filled with more questions. Most centered on how Chiozza was able to convert the dramatic shot that advanced UF to its ninth Elite Eight appearance in school history on Sunday against South Carolina.
Chiozza said he received about 200 texts deep into Friday night.
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