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Chiozza scores final 6 points as No. 5 Florida ends slide

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Seconds after the final buzzer sounded, more than a couple of players on No. 5 Florida exhaled deeply.

When your team is that highly ranked, avoiding a four-game losing streak deserves a sigh of relief.

Chris Chiozza scored the final six points of the game and the Gators sidelined what would have been their first four-game slide since late in coach Mike White's first season with a 66-60 victory over No. 17 Cincinnati on Saturday in the second game of the Never Forget Tribute Classic at the Prudential Center.

''I didn't realize we had a three-game losing streak,'' White quipped. ''I'm sure there is a sense of relief. Did it provide a sense of urgency? Probably. When the horn blows I'm sure our guys had a sense of relief. We seemed to make plays down the stretch that we needed to.''

Chiozza put the Gators (6-3) ahead 62-60 with a drive across the lane with 1:12 to play.

The senior guard added two free throws with 20.1 seconds to go and he closed out the scoring with a fastbreak layup after a turnover by Cincinnati (7-2), which lost its second straight game.

''I'm not trying to take the game over at all,'' Chiozza said. ''I just was trying to play for my team. And I just happened to get a lateral break out from Jalen (Hudson) and two free throws and a layup. I just had a chance to get one. I wasn't really looking for shots. I was just trying to make good plays and then just fell into my hands.''

Egor Koulechov had 21 points to lead Florida. Hudson added 17 and Chiozza finished with 15 and six assists.

Backup guard Cane Broome had 15 points to lead Cincinnati. Jacobs Evans III added 13, Kyle Washington had 11 and Jarron Cumberland 10. Gary Clark had nine points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

''It becomes a one-possession game and when that happens, you can look back to a million things,'' Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said. ''Break down here, break down there, but at the end of the day, they were just a little bit better than us.''

After Chiozza gave Florida the lead, Evans missed a jumper. Florida then milked the clock and Keith Stone slammed a dunk attempt against the back of the rim. The ball bounded to the sideline, where Hudson got the rebound.

Chiozza was quickly fouled and Cincinnati never recovered.

After Cincinnati tied the game at 40-all early in the second half on a basket by Evans, neither team led by more than four points until the final margin.

Koulechov scored 11 points and Hudson had nine in the opening half in helping Florida take a 34-28 lead.

BIG PICTURE

Cincinnati: The Bearcats played better than in their 89-76 loss to Xavier last week. However, they had a season-high 21 turnovers and missed way too many open looks, including Evans' jumper that would have tied the game at 62.

Florida: While the skid is over, Florida is very thin. Chiozza had to play 36 minutes and Koulechov 35 to get this win. The bench was outscored 17-6 and had an advantage inside. The Gators have to hope that senior center John Egbunu finishes the rehab on his knee soon and plays for the first time this season.

THE FIRST GAME: Angel Delgado had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 19 Seton Hall continued its impressive start to the season with a 90-67 victory over Virginia Commonwealth. All five Pirates starters scored in double figures led by Myles Powell and Desi Rodriguez with 17.

UP NEXT

Cincinnati returns home to face undefeated Mississippi State, which will be playing its first road game.

Florida returns home to play Clemson, which at 8-1 is off to its best start since 2008-09.

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Key Players
C. Chiozza
11 G
J. Evans III
1 G/F
26.6 Min. Per Game 26.6
13.1 Pts. Per Game 13.1
4.0 Ast. Per Game 4.0
3.3 Reb. Per Game 3.3
46.5 Field Goal % 48.8
52.2 Three Point % 38.1
87.5 Free Throw % 71.4
  Bad pass turnover on Jacob Evans III, stolen by Jalen Hudson 1.0
+ 2 Chris Chiozza made layup 10.0
  Bad pass turnover on Cane Broome, stolen by Kevarrius Hayes 13.0
+ 1 Chris Chiozza made 2nd of 2 free throws 19.0
+ 1 Chris Chiozza made 1st of 2 free throws 19.0
  Personal foul on Jacob Evans III 19.0
  Offensive rebound by Jalen Hudson 24.0
  Keith Stone missed dunk 26.0
  Defensive rebound by Florida 53.0
  Jacob Evans III missed jump shot, blocked by Jalen Hudson 53.0
+ 2 Chris Chiozza made floating jump shot 1:12
Team Stats
Points 66 60
Field Goals 23-54 (42.6%) 23-54 (42.6%)
3-Pointers 6-15 (40.0%) 4-15 (26.7%)
Free Throws 14-17 (82.4%) 10-16 (62.5%)
Total Rebounds 33 35
Offensive 7 11
Defensive 21 22
Team 5 2
Assists 9 4
Steals 7 7
Blocks 6 5
Turnovers 13 19
Fouls 17 21
Technicals 0 0
21 PTS, 7 REB, 2 AST
15 PTS, 3 REB
12T
away team logo 5 Florida 6-3 343266
home team logo 17 Cincinnati 7-2 283260
Team Stats
away team logo 5 Florida 6-3 67.8 PPG 36.3 RPG 12.1 APG
home team logo 17 Cincinnati 7-2 71.7 PPG 39.3 RPG 13.3 APG
Key Players
00
E. Koulechov G PPG RPG APG FG%
15
C. Broome G 8.3 PPG 1.7 RPG 2.2 APG 39.6 FG%
Top Scorers
E. Koulechov G 21 PTS 7 REB 2 AST
C. Broome G 15 PTS 3 REB 0 AST
42.6 FG% 42.6
40.0 3PT FG% 26.7
82.4 FT% 62.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Koulechov 21 7 2 8/15 1/3 4/4 2 35 1 0 2 2 5
J. Hudson 17 3 0 6/8 3/5 2/2 2 25 2 1 3 1 2
C. Chiozza 15 4 6 6/10 1/2 2/2 4 36 0 0 3 1 3
K. Stone 5 3 0 1/8 1/3 2/2 3 25 2 2 1 0 3
K. Allen 2 1 1 1/5 0/2 0/1 2 26 0 0 1 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Koulechov 21 7 2 8/15 1/3 4/4 2 35 1 0 2 2 5
J. Hudson 17 3 0 6/8 3/5 2/2 2 25 2 1 3 1 2
C. Chiozza 15 4 6 6/10 1/2 2/2 4 36 0 0 3 1 3
K. Stone 5 3 0 1/8 1/3 2/2 3 25 2 2 1 0 3
K. Allen 2 1 1 1/5 0/2 0/1 2 26 0 0 1 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Ballard 4 2 0 1/4 0/0 2/3 1 15 1 0 1 0 2
K. Hayes 2 6 0 0/3 0/0 2/3 1 27 1 2 1 3 3
G. Gak 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 2 7 0 1 1 0 1
M. Okauru 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 1
J. Egbunu - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Bassett - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Stokes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Fava - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Krause - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 66 28 9 23/54 6/15 14/17 17 200 7 6 13 7 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Evans III 13 6 0 4/13 0/4 5/7 4 37 2 1 5 1 5
K. Washington 11 4 0 4/8 1/1 2/2 3 23 1 1 4 0 4
J. Cumberland 10 2 2 4/12 2/6 0/1 4 29 1 2 2 1 1
G. Clark 9 13 1 4/8 0/0 1/2 2 35 1 0 2 8 5
J. Jenifer 0 0 1 0/3 0/2 0/0 2 23 0 0 1 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Evans III 13 6 0 4/13 0/4 5/7 4 37 2 1 5 1 5
K. Washington 11 4 0 4/8 1/1 2/2 3 23 1 1 4 0 4
J. Cumberland 10 2 2 4/12 2/6 0/1 4 29 1 2 2 1 1
G. Clark 9 13 1 4/8 0/0 1/2 2 35 1 0 2 8 5
J. Jenifer 0 0 1 0/3 0/2 0/0 2 23 0 0 1 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Broome 15 3 0 6/8 1/2 2/4 2 28 2 1 2 0 3
N. Brooks 2 2 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 3 0 0 0 0 2
T. Scott 0 2 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 19 0 0 1 1 1
E. Nsoseme 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0
K. Williams 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 1 0 1
J. Bart - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Koz - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Diarra - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Martin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 60 33 4 23/54 4/15 10/16 21 200 7 5 19 11 22