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Gator men’s basketball team falls at Alabama, 86-71

Tyree Appleby leads Florida with 18 points in loss
Florida head coach Mike White works the sideline during an NCAA college basketball game against...
Florida head coach Mike White works the sideline during an NCAA college basketball game against Vanderbilt on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/John Amis)(John Amis | AP)
Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 9:51 PM EST
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WCJB) -The Florida men’s basketball team lost for the first time in SEC play on Tuesday, dropping an 86-71 road decision to Alabama. The Gators drop to 5-2 overall, 2-1 in conference play. The Crimson Tide stand alone as the only 3-0 team in league action and reach 8-3 overall.

After falling behind by seven points at halftime, The Gators quickly pulled even with the Crimson Tide early in the second half, 39-39. From there, Florida lost its edge during Alabama’s decisive 22-6 run that stretched the lead to 61-45.

Tyree Appleby led the Gators with 18 points off the bench, while Colin Castleton followed up his back-to-back 20-plus point efforts with 13.

Alabama was led by the trio of Jaden Shackelford, Keon Ellis, and Herbert Jones who each tallied 16 points. Ellis was five of six from the field and made all three of his three-point attempts. Alabama finished with 36 points from its bench.

Florida returns home to face Kentucky on Saturday at 5 p.m. The Wildcats defeated Vanderbilt on Tuesday, 77-74.

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