Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 3/23/13
AUSTIN, Texas -- They were aware of what happened late Thursday night when Harvard, the No. 14 seed in the West Region, knocked off No. 3-seed New Mexico. By the time the Gators took the court Friday night, they were aware that No. 13-seed LaSalle upset No. 4-seed Kansas State, a team Florida lost to in the regular season, earlier in the day. And as the Gators opened a huge lead in the second half of their 79-47 win over Northwestern State, a few of them noticed heavy underdog Florida Gulf Coast, a No. 15 seed, leading No. 2-seed Georgetown when the game was put on the large video board here above the Erwin Center court. The Gators knew March Madness had truly arrived. Unlike some others, they didn't stumble in their first dance of the NCAA Tournament. The streaking Demons managed to keep the game interesting in the first half, trailing by only eight points (40-32) at the break. But a 16-0 run in the second half and a stifling defense allowed the Gators to pull away for a 32-poin...
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