Jalen Hudson tallied a game-high 23 points for Florida (21-13), while Koulechov scored 12 and Chiozza netted 11 points.
Three players are averaging at least 11.2 points per game for Texas Tech, they are Keenan Evans (17.5), Jarrett Culver (11.7) and Zhaire Smith (11.2). The game went down to the final seconds with Florida unable to drain a much-needed three late in the game to fall 69-66 in Dallas.
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Florida led by seven halfway into the first half, but Tech rallied with a 10-0 run to take a 29-26 lead.
Evans led Tech with 22 points while Smith had a magical night of 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Chiozza finished with 11 points and three assists in his last game for the Gators. Then the buzzer sounded and the game ended. The Gators are now 4-2 in The Big Dance under head coach Mike White and 1-1 in second-round games (10-4 all-time). But the Gators fought right back with a mini run of their own to retake the lead at 43-40.
The calls and the momentum immediately swung in Florida's direction as the Gators scored eight straight points, got some favorable calls and loosened the home-court advantage the Raiders held on the AAC crowd.
After knocking off Miami with a three-pointer at the buzzer Thursday afternoon for a 64-62 upset, 11th-seeded Loyola advanced to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1985 with a 63-62 win over the South's three seed Tennessee. "School's closed, let's all go to Atlanta!"