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Leon, Robinson shine, Florida routs Virginia 65-39 in NCAAs

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) For a team that puts so much energy and effort into defense, Florida's performance against Virginia was as close to perfect as possible.

Devin Robinson had 14 points and 11 rebounds, the fifth double-double of his career, and the fourth-seeded Gators handled the No. 5 seed Cavaliers 65-39 on Saturday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Justin Leon added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Gators (26-8), who advanced to the Sweet Sixteen for the 11th time in school history and fifth in the last seven years. They will play No. 8 seed Wisconsin in the East Regional in New York City on Friday.

They can thank stingy defense and a ridiculous run spanning halftime for this trip to Madison Square Garden.

''That's about as well as we've played defensively,'' Florida coach Mike White said. ''We put a lot of it together tonight.''

Florida held Virginia (23-11) to a season-low 17 points in the first half and 29.6 percent shooting on the night. The Cavaliers hadn't scored fewer than 40 points since December 2013, a 48-38 loss to the Badgers.

The turning point in this game came late in the first half, when the Gators started a 21-0 run that was their most lopsided of the season. Speedy guards Kasey Hill and Chris Chiozza repeatedly broke down Virginia's ''pack line'' defense, creating open looks for Leon and Robinson.

''We just had had to get them uncomfortable and play our tempo,'' said Robinson, who scored 24 points in his NCAA opener. ''We knew if we played at their methodical tempo, it would have been a tough game for us. We tried to stay aggressive on defense and get in transition as best as we can, and that turned to great offense.''

Florida closed the first half with a 12-0 spurt and built a 14-point lead at the break. The Gators came out of the locker room with the same intensity, scoring nine straight points that included two 3-pointers from Leon.

Virginia coach Tony Bennett called time out, but it was too little, too late.

The Gators were up 23 points against a team that has dealt with offensive challenges all season.

''If we're not shooting well, it's hard for us,'' Bennett said.

It surely didn't help that the Cavaliers played without forward Isaiah Wilkins, who missed the game while dealing with strep throat.

Wilkins leads the team in rebounds, blocks and steals, and Bennett called him the ''heart and soul of our defense.'' Without him, the Gators attacked the post regularly, with Leon and Robinson benefiting.

BIG PICTURE

Virginia: The reason the Cavaliers failed to advance was obvious. Even they knew they would be doomed if leading scorer London Perrantes and fellow guard Marial Shayok stopped making shots, and they were. Perrantes was 2 of 12, and Shayok 2 of 9.

''We were trying to get something going, but it was one of those days where we couldn't do anything to get the shots to fall,'' Shayok said. ''Obviously their defense bothered us, but we missed easy shots, wide-open shots. We missed a lot of shots we usually make. Nobody wants to lose like that. That was not good.''

Florida: The Gators might be a handful moving forward because of their defensive prowess and number of scoring options.

GOING SHIRTLESS

There's little doubt that Leon is done wearing an undershirt. In an attempt to end a shooting slump, the senior went without a T-shirt under his jersey for the first time in two years at Florida.

''I was trying to find something different,'' he said. ''So I did it, and hey.''

PROMISING PART

Here's maybe the most promising part for Florida: Leading scorer KeVaughn Allen and Southeastern Conference Sixth Man of the Year Canyon Barry were quiet again. Allen had four points on 2-of-10 shooting, and Barry finished with seven points during a 1-for-4 night.

BOILING OVER

Perrantes chucked the ball at the scorer's table in frustration in the second half, but avoided a technical foul.

UP NEXT

Florida plays Wisconsin on Friday in Madison Square Garden.

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Key Players
L. Perrantes
K. Hill
29.1 Min. Per Game 29.1
9.9 Pts. Per Game 9.9
4.6 Ast. Per Game 4.6
3.0 Reb. Per Game 3.0
41.4 Field Goal % 40.8
37.4 Three Point % 21.4
81.3 Free Throw % 65.6
  Offensive rebound by Virginia 0.0
  Defensive rebound by Florida 0.0
  Ty Jerome missed 3-pt. jump shot 1.0
  Lost ball turnover on Keith Stone, stolen by Virginia 11.0
  Defensive rebound by Schuyler Rimmer 42.0
  Jarred Reuter missed 2nd of 2 free throws 42.0
+ 1 Jarred Reuter made 1st of 2 free throws 42.0
  Shooting foul on Schuyler Rimmer 42.0
  35-second shot clock violation turnover on Florida 51.0
  Defensive rebound by Justin Leon 1:24
  Jarred Reuter missed hook shot 1:26
Team Stats
Points 39 65
Field Goals 16-54 (29.6%) 23-50 (46.0%)
3-Pointers 1-15 (6.7%) 8-21 (38.1%)
Free Throws 6-7 (85.7%) 11-18 (61.1%)
Total Rebounds 32 36
Offensive 8 5
Defensive 20 27
Team 4 4
Assists 8 10
Steals 4 6
Blocks 3 1
Turnovers 11 9
Fouls 17 10
Technicals 0 0
9 PTS, 6 REB
14 PTS, 11 REB
12T
away team logo 5 Virginia 23-11 172239
home team logo 4 Florida 26-8 313465
Team Stats
away team logo 5 Virginia 23-11 67.1 PPG 35.1 RPG 13.5 APG
home team logo 4 Florida 26-8 75.8 PPG 38.2 RPG 13.1 APG
Key Players
25
M. Diakite F 5.4 PPG 3.0 RPG 0.1 APG 57.7 FG%
00
J. Leon F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
M. Diakite F 9 PTS 6 REB 0 AST
J. Leon F 14 PTS 10 REB 0 AST
29.6 FG% 46.0
6.7 3PT FG% 38.1
85.7 FT% 61.1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. Diakite 29 9 6 0 0 1 1 4 4/8 0/0 1/1 4 2
J. Salt 26 8 10 0 1 1 1 2 4/5 0/0 0/0 2 8
D. Thompson 35 6 2 3 1 0 1 2 3/7 0/2 0/0 1 1
L. Perrantes 32 6 1 3 0 0 4 0 2/12 0/4 2/2 0 1
D. Hall 18 0 1 1 0 0 2 5 0/3 0/1 0/0 1 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. Diakite 29 9 6 0 0 1 1 4 4/8 0/0 1/1 4 2
J. Salt 26 8 10 0 1 1 1 2 4/5 0/0 0/0 2 8
D. Thompson 35 6 2 3 1 0 1 2 3/7 0/2 0/0 1 1
L. Perrantes 32 6 1 3 0 0 4 0 2/12 0/4 2/2 0 1
D. Hall 18 0 1 1 0 0 2 5 0/3 0/1 0/0 1 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. Shayok 21 7 2 0 1 1 1 3 2/9 1/3 2/2 0 2
J. Reuter 5 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 1/2 0/0 1/2 0 0
K. Guy 17 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/4 0/2 0/0 0 1
T. Jerome 17 0 5 1 0 0 1 1 0/4 0/3 0/0 0 5
I. Wilkins - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bartley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Huff - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hunter - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Gross Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 39 28 8 4 3 11 17 16/54 1/15 6/7 8 20
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Robinson 31 14 11 0 0 0 1 0 5/8 2/4 2/5 0 11
J. Leon 25 14 10 0 0 0 0 2 4/8 3/6 3/3 1 9
K. Hayes 25 7 2 0 0 0 1 0 3/3 0/0 1/2 1 1
K. Allen 26 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 2/10 0/4 0/0 0 0
K. Hill 24 3 1 2 1 0 2 4 1/4 0/2 1/2 1 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Robinson 31 14 11 0 0 0 1 0 5/8 2/4 2/5 0 11
J. Leon 25 14 10 0 0 0 0 2 4/8 3/6 3/3 1 9
K. Hayes 25 7 2 0 0 0 1 0 3/3 0/0 1/2 1 1
K. Allen 26 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 2/10 0/4 0/0 0 0
K. Hill 24 3 1 2 1 0 2 4 1/4 0/2 1/2 1 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
C. Barry 17 7 1 2 1 1 1 1 1/4 1/2 4/4 0 1
C. Chiozza 28 7 4 5 2 0 1 2 3/8 1/2 0/0 0 4
G. Gak 10 6 2 0 0 0 1 0 3/3 0/0 0/2 2 0
K. Stone 11 3 0 0 1 0 2 0 1/2 1/1 0/0 0 0
S. Rimmer 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1
E. Hester 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
D. Bassett - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 65 32 10 6 1 9 10 23/50 8/21 11/18 5 27