National Basketball Association
Florida 104, Alabama 98
When: 6:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 4, 2020
Where: Exactech Arena, Gainesville, Florida
Officials: # Rob Rorke, # Bart Lenox, # Byron Jarrett
Attendance: 9350

Scottie Lewis, Andrew Nembhard and Kerry Blackshear Jr. each sank two free throws in the final 42 seconds of the second overtime, and Florida overcame a 21-point deficit for a 104-98 victory over Alabama on Saturday in Gainesville, Fla., in the SEC opener for both teams.

Nembhard scored a career-high 25 points, and Blackshear added 24 points and 16 rebounds for the Gators (9-4, 1-0 SEC), who set a school record by overcoming a 14-point halftime deficit to win.

John Petty Jr. scored 19 points, and Kira Lewis Jr. had 17 points to lead six double-figure scorers for the Crimson Tide (7-6, 0-1 SEC), who hit 13 of 34 attempts from 3-point range but just 23 of 34 (68 percent) from the free-throw line.

Petty's 3-pointer with 16 seconds left in overtime tied it at 92 and forced the second OT.

Trailing 78-69 with 3:45 left in regulation, the Gators fought back to get within 83-81 on Blackshear's 3-pointer with 25.2 seconds left. Following a timeout, Florida's Noah Locke (18 points) stole Petty's inbound pass and sank the tying layup with 21 seconds showing to force OT.

Scottie Lewis (17 points) sank two free throws and a 3-pointer, and Ques Glover (six points) added a jumper for a 7-0 run that pulled UF within 65-59 and 8:52 left.

Locke and Blackshear each hit a 3-pointer to start the second half -- after the Gators had scored the final seven points of the first half -- to pull Florida within 46-38 with 19:01 left.

Alex Reese scored 10 of his 14 points points to help Alabama build a 46-32 halftime lead. The Crimson Tide's reserves outscored Florida's subs 19-5 before intermission.

The Gators sank seven of 14 from 3-point range in the first half, when the Gators missed five of six attempts from behind the arc. Nembhard hit a trey with one second left.

Trailing 11-9, the Crimson Tide scored 14 straight points to go ahead 23-11 with 11:03 until intermission. James Bolden (15 points) had a layup and 3-pointer in the run.

Leading by seven points, Alabama used a 13-1 run to take a 41-22 advantage 3:21 before halftime. Six different Crimson Tide players scored during the spurt.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Alabama   Florida
John Petty Jr. 19 Scoring Andrew Nembhard 25
Herbert Jones 4 Assists Keyontae Johnson 4
Herbert Jones 9 Rebounds Kerry Blackshear Jr. 16
James Bolden 7 Free Throws Made Kerry Blackshear Jr. 10
Kira Lewis Jr. 4 Steals Omar Payne 2
Kira Lewis Jr. 1 Blocks Scottie Lewis 3
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Alabama 98 40.8 13-34 23-34 11 41 2 7 12
Florida 104 43.4 8-23 30-36 11 48 6 7 13