Posted March 15, 2013 on louisianastate.scout.com
PLAYERS: Erik Murphy
TEAMS: Florida Gators
The Tigers got down big at half and couldn't climb back against Erik Murphy and Florida in the second. Murphy scored a career-high 27 points in guiding the Gators to the semifinals of the SEC Tournament.
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No. 13 Florida 80, LSU 58

Erik Murphy scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed a career-best 12 rebounds to help the 13th-ranked Florida Gators take the first step Friday toward trying to add a Southeastern Conference tournament title to their regular season championship by beating LSU 80-58. SEC Commissioner Mike Slive presented Florida coach Billy Donovan with the regular season trophy before tipoff...

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Florida crushes LSU to advance to SEC semis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Erik Murphy scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed a career-best 12 rebounds to help the 13th-ranked Florida Gators take the first step Friday toward trying to add a Southeastern Conference tournament title to their regular season championship by beating LSU 80-58. SEC Commissioner Mike Slive presented Florida coach Billy Donovan with the regular season...

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Kenny Boynton and the Gators needed this. The senior guard’s shot has been inconsistent throughout his final year at Florida, and it looked like that trend was going to continue on Saturday -- until the second half. Boynton was held scoreless in the first half and scored all of his team-high 16 points in the second half, pushing Florida into the SEC Tournament final with a 61-51...

Gators advance to semifinals

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