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Florida hands Vanderbilt 6th straight loss, 78-71

January 28, 2021 GMT
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Florida guard Tre Mann shoots as Vanderbilt guard Jordan Wright (4) defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/John Amis)
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Florida guard Tre Mann shoots as Vanderbilt guard Jordan Wright (4) defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/John Amis)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Tre Mann scored 15 points, Colin Castleton added 13 and Florida beat Vanderbilt 78-71 on Wednesday night for its third straight victory.

Florida was ahead by as many as 22 points, with 9:52 remaining in the second half, but Vanderbilt pulled to 71-65 after making a three straight 3-pointers.

Back-to-back layups by Scotty Pippen Jr. cut Florida’s lead to 73-69 with 37.7 seconds left, but Vanderbilt didn’t make another field goal the rest of the way. The Gators hit enough free throws down the stretch, 5 of 8, to seal it.

Noah Locke and Tyree Appleby each had 12 points and Scottie Lewis, who missed the previous four games, added 10 for Florida (9-4, 6-3 Southeastern Conference). Mann, coming off a career-high 24 points against Georgia, and Locke each had three of the Gators’ 10 3-pointers. Florida has won six straight in the series.

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Pippen and Dylan Disu combined to score 50 of Vanderbilt’s 71 points. Pippen scored a career-high 32 points plus five rebounds and six assists. Disu had 18 points and eight rebounds. Vanderbilt (4-8, 0-6) made just 12 field goals through the first 30 minutes but finished 25 of 58 for 43%.

Florida is scheduled to play at No. 11 West Virginia on Saturday. Vanderbilt will attempt to snap a six-game losing streak on Saturday against South Carolina.

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