NCAA Tournament first round: March Madness overtime thriller

The main men’s NCAA Tournament first round game in quite a while didn’t neglect to follow through on frenzy.

No. 7-cultivated Florida outlived No. 10 Virginia Tech in an additional time thrill ride 75-70 in the primary NCAA Tournament match-up at Indianapolis’ Hinkle Fieldhouse in 81 years.

The Gators fought off 28 focuses from the Hokies’ Nahiem Alleyne, who depleted a three-pointer with three seconds left to compel the additional period.

In any case, Florida kept its self-restraint in extra time and had the option to fend off Tech’s convention. Tre Mann’s three-pointer with 25 seconds left fixed the success for the Gators (15-9).

Florida had a decent offense driven by huge man Colin Castleton with 19 focuses, while monitor Scottie Lewis added 15 focuses off the seat. Florida followed 33-27 at halftime yet then it was a to and fro fight over time half.

Florida watch Tyree Apleby, the group’s third-driving scorer, got fastens in his brow after he was hit with an elbow in the subsequent half.

Florida was rooted for by Keyontae Johnson, who has upheld and roused his colleagues from the seat since his get back from a frightening clinical scene. Johnson fell on the court during a game in December and was hospitalized, driving him to pass on the remainder of the period.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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