Jimmer Fredette scored 32 points but went scoreless in overtime as Florida outscored BYU 15-6 in the extra period to capture a 83-74 victory and a spot in the Elite Eight of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
Alex Tyus had a career night for the Gators with 19 points and 17 rebounds. Tyus was 8-9 from the field. His play along with the size of Vernon Macklin on the interior gave BYU problems the entire game. Kenny Boynton scored 17 points while Erving Walker and Chandler Parsons scored 16 apiece. Parsons also had nine rebounds and seven assists.
While Boynton and Walker were good offensively, perhaps their best accomplishment came in never allowing Jimmer Fredette to establish a rhythm. Fredette scored 32 points but had to take 29 shots from the field. Fredette was just 3-15 from the three point range. The Cougars needed that second scorer tonight and just couldn't come up with it to battle the balanced attack of Florida. Jackson Emery and Noah Hartsock each scored nine points for the Cougars.
Florida advances to the Elite Eight where they will take on the winner of tonight's matchup between Wisconsin and Butler.
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