Saturday , Nov , 29 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Walsh leads Florida to victory in top-10 hoops matchup

=== Walsh leads Florida to victory in top-10 hoops matchup ===

Springfield, MA (Sports Network) – Bonell Colas made his only basket of the
game with eight seconds remaining and Matt Walsh poured in 27 points to lead
eighth-ranked Florida to a 78-77 win over fourth-ranked Arizona in the
25th-annual Hall Of Fame Tip-Off Classic from the birthplace of basketball.

Walsh drained 5-of-8 three-point attempts and Anthony Roberson contributed 15
points. David Lee had 13 points for the Gators (2-0).

Chris Rodgers led the Wildcats (1-1) with 17 points and Channing Frye finished
with 15.

Down 34-33 after the first 20 minutes, the Gators ripped off a 13-4 run to
open the second half, hitting three three-pointers over the three-minute
spurt. But Arizona followed with a 9-0 run of its own to reclaim the lead at
47-46 less than five minutes in.

The Wildcats grew their lead to 53-49 on a Salim Stoudamire three-pointer, but
Walsh hit three-pointers on three straight possessions to put the Gators up
58-55 with 12 minutes to play.

Then, a 9-0 run capped by a Frye layup put Arizona back ahead by six, 64-58,
with less than 10 minutes to go. The Wildcats grew their lead to 71-64 with
just over six minutes to go on a Mustafa Shakur jumper.

But Florida came charging back again, pulling even at 73-73 when Chris Richard
made a layup with under five minutes remaining.

Hassan Adams and Stoudamire scored to put the Wildcats up by four, but
Roberson answered with a free throw and a layup on successive possessions to
make it a one-point deficit at 77-76 at the two-minute mark.

Neither team could buy a basket after that, and Florida wound up with
possession down one with 10 seconds to play. Colas accepted an inbound pass in
the lane and put his shot high off the glass for the winning score.

Stoudemire had a chance to win it for Arizona with a jumper from the left
elbow on the other end, but his shot clanged on the rim three times before
falling harmlessly away.

Shakur finished with 13 points, Adams had 12 and Stoudamire collected 11 for
the Wildcats.

Four minutes into the game, Arizona went ahead 14-9 when Frye made a layup.
But Florida came back to tie to force a 14-14 tie when Walsh completed a
three-point play 2 1/2 minutes later.

The first half was hotly-contested but low-scoring. The biggest lead for
either team came when Adams’ dunk with 3:24 left gave Arizona a 32-26 lead.
But the Gators closed out the half on a 7-2 run and trailed just 34-33 at the
break.

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