The Georgia Bulldogs came out firing, making almost two-thirds of their first half shots to build up a 13-point half-time, and then held on to beat the Gators 78-76 after a late-game Florida surge.
The Bulldogs, who have been very tough at home this season, shot 57% for the game, including 54% from beyond the arc. Still, down 15 with less than 10 minutes to play, the Gators were able to storm back behind Chandler Parsons' and Kenny Boynton's hot shooting to draw within two several times in the final minutes.
With 13 seconds to play, Florida inbounded the ball but Dan Werner passed on an open shot with about three seconds left. That pass was knocked out of bounds by Georgia's Albert Jackson, and Florida wouldn't get a shot off in the final second.
Florida also shot well for the game, connecting on 47% of all of their shots, including 48% from three-point range. Parsons and Boynton lead the Gators with 29 and 22 points, respectively, and for Parsons it was a career high. He also shared the lead in rebounds for Florida, tying Vernon Macklin with six.
While only the second loss to the Bulldogs in the last 14 meetings, it couldn't have come at a worse time for Florida, who likely would have sealed an NCAA Tournament bid with a win today. The Gators even had two more days of rest coming into the matchup, but tired legs were not an issue for the Bulldogs in this game.
Florida finishes the regular season with a home game against Vanderbilt on Tuesday, and a trip to Rupp arena on Sunday to face Kentucky. If Florida loses both of those games, there will be enormous pressure to get a couple of wins in the SEC Tournament in order to make the NCAAs.
Florida's record drops to 20-9, including 9-5 in the SEC, while Georgia improves to 13-14. At home, Georgia is now 12-3 for the season.
Tuesday's home game against Vanderbilt will be televised on ESPN at 7pm.