: NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Dorian Finney-Smith scored 23 points and Florida overcame a slow start to make nine 3-pointers and beat Alabama 69-61 on Thursday in the Southeastern Conference tournament.
The Gators earned a Friday quarterfinal matchup against top-ranked and unbeaten Kentucky thanks to Finney-Smith, who made 4 of 9 from long range to help them shake off an eight-point first half deficit and eventually build a double-digit lead in the second half. Complete Recap Box Score Top Performers:
Alabama: L. Randolph 15 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl
Florida: D. Finney-Smith 23 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Ast
(8) Florida will face (1) Kentucky on Friday at noon.