NASHVILLE — No. 1-seeded Texas A&M found a way to miss 43 shots and still survive against No. 8 seed Florida on Friday afternoon for a 72-66 win in the SEC tournament quarterfinals.
The contest was tied with 2:24 remaining, but the Aggies (39.4 percent from the field as a team) afforded themselves a little breathing room with a pair of quick buckets, including a breakaway reverse layup by Alex Caruso to make it a 5-point advantage.
Those points came in handy, as Florida closed the gap to two with 31 seconds remaining.
A&M broke through Florida’s ensuing press to get to the free-throw line, and the Gators never scored another point.
As of Friday afternoon, ESPN.com’s Joe Lunardi listed Florida as one of eight teams expected to narrowly miss the tournament. The loss to A&M effectively ends the Gators’ NCAA hopes, while the Aggies get two more opportunities to improve upon their projected No. 4 seed.
What’s next: Texas A&M vs. the winner of LSU/Tennessee (Saturday at 1 p.m. ET, ESPN)