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Sat March 10, 2012
UK Beats Florida, Will Play Vandy For Championship Sunday
NEW ORLEANS, La. Anthony Davis had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 1 Kentucky held off Florida 74-71 on Saturday in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
Terrence Jones added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Wildcats (32-1), who've won 24 straight games.
Doron Lamb scored 16 points and Marquis Teague added 15, with each hitting a pair of key free throws in the last 15 seconds to secure the win against a Florida team which shot 48 percent, including 11 of 22 from 3-point range.
Erik Murphy had 24 points, on 9 of 12 shooting, and nearly lifted Florida (23-10) to the upset with nine of his points in the final minutes. Bradley Beal added 20 points.
Kentucky takes on Vanderbilt in the championship game Sunday afternoon at 1. It marks the first time the Commodores have reached an SEC final since 1951.