The No. 1 seed Florida Gators bent but didn't break as they beat the No. 4 seed UCLA Bruins 79-68 in the South Region semifinal on Thursday to advance to the Elite Eight.
Florida led throughout, primarily on the strength of lights-out three-point shooting from Michael Frazier II, who went 5-for-8 from behind the arc. But the Bruins hung close, pulling to within one point midway through the second half before Florida shut them down with their trademark stifling defense.
Frazier's 19 points led all Gators, while Jordan Adams led the way for UCLA with 17. Foul problems for both teams meant that star players Kyle Anderson of UCLA and Patric Young of Florida both spent significant amounts of time on the bench for their teams.
The win will send Florida to the Elite Eight for the fourth consecutive year, as freshmen grow into seniors with a winning tradition throughout their college careers.
The Gators will face No. 11 seed Dayton on Saturday in the South Region final, after the Flyers upset Stanford 82-72 earlier on Thursday.
Final Score: Florida (1) 79 - UCLA (4) 68
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