Canada's Nembhard hits game-winner to lead Florida past No. 1 LSU

LSU's Will Wade, caught on tape breaking NCAA rules, asks to return

For that, they could soon be receiving a very nice reward.

The Florida Gators men's basketball game arrived into their matchup with LSU as the eighth seed in the SEC Tournament.

"It definitely shifts the momentum and it slows the game down, which is much better for them at the pace they play", LSU junior guard Skylar Mays said of that sequence.

And troubled LSU (26-6) now has a long weekend to wait and see how the loss will impact its seeding come Selection Sunday. Johnson passed to fellow freshman Nembhard, who was open at the top of the arc for the victor.

"Last week, when the University chose to place me on administrative leave, I accepted the decision without complaint as I knew that they wanted time to reflect on the flurry of media reports", Wade said Thursday in a statement. I'm glad he hit it. Will Reese threw the ball deep to Reid, but he couldn't catch it, and the buzzer sounded. Mid-major regular-season championship teams that don't earn automatic NCAA Tournament bids or receive at-large bids are guaranteed spots in the NIT.

The No. 9 Tigers were without head coach Will Wade during the quarterfinal loss.

Guard Javonte Smart was back in the lineup after missing one game as a result of the report. LSU led 63-60 when Keyontae Johnson hit a 3-pointer, officials called a foul on LSU and the LSU bench was also assessed a technical for arguing. Benford also went to a 1-3-1 defense in the final seconds that gave the Gators more room to operate for the winning shot.

The Tigers accepted their regular-season-champion trophy from SEC commissioner Greg Sankey before tipoff. "We don't want our season to end this short".

"Now, are we an NCAA Tournament team today?" I personally wasn't listening for it. I just questioned the ref on it. Florida is 2-5 ATS in their last seven Saturday games and the under is 10-3 in their last 13 overall. Jalen Hudson made a pair of free throws with 6:05 left to give Florida its first lead of the game at 58-57, setting up a frantic finish.

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Seconds later, LSU star Naz Reid buried a triple to tie things at 73-all, part of a 26-point effort for the freshman before he was one-upped by Nembhard. Then Allen passed out to Nembhard at the top of the key for the winning 3.

Nembhard led five Gators in double figures with 20 points.

Reid finished with 26 points and 14 rebounds.

The Gators split their series with the Tigers in the regular season, taking a win on the road and falling to LSU at home.

LSU suspended Wade indefinitely last week in the wake of reports that Federal Bureau of Investigation wire-tap captured his telephone conversations with a person convicted past year of funneling money to the families of basketball recruits. "As a university and employer, we need to hear our employee say, 'I didn't do anything wrong, ' or explain the circumstances or admit he did do something wrong".

Nembhard led the Gators with 20 points on 7-for-14 from the floor, including 3-or-7 from the three-point line. White's group shot just three of eight from the line in the first half.

LSU: The Tigers will have a complaint about the discrepancy in foul calls with 24 on LSU compared to 10 for the Gators. With all the distractions it was hard to predict how the Tigers were going to play. I guess in battle number three we were able to do enough down the stretch to get to our 11th SEC win. "We've just got to move forward and just keep pushing because obviously all odds are against us".

Auburn plays Florida in an SEC semifinal Saturday.

Wade told Sports Illustrated on Thursday that he was put on leave because he didn't submit to an interview with LSU and NCAA officials.

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