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Florida bounces Bonnies after their 1st NCAA win in 48 years

DALLAS (AP) Egor Koulechov watched a heartbreaking NCAA Tournament loss as a freshman at Arizona State.

Four years and two schools later, the graduate transfer from Russia enjoyed his second NCAA experience quite a bit more.

Koulechov scored 20 points and Florida eased past St. Bonaventure 77-62 on Thursday night, ending the Bonnies' postseason two days after their first NCAA Tournament victory in 48 years.

Jalen Hudson scored 16 points and Chris Chiozza had 11 assists for the sixth-seeded Gators, who have reached the Elite Eight the past five times they've been in the tournament. Florida (21-12) will face Texas Tech in an East Region second-round game Saturday.

''This is what I wanted when I came here,'' Koulechov said. ''We're obviously not done. Still hopefully a lot of basketball to be played.''

A whirlwind week finally caught up with the Bonnies (26-8), who finished at 35 percent shooting but were in the 20s when the outcome was in doubt.

Courtney Stockard led St. Bonaventure with 14 points after scoring 26 in a win over UCLA in a First Four game in Dayton, Ohio, on Tuesday.

Stockard fouled out with 2:10 remaining and left to a standing ovation from Bonnies fans who were still on their feet in the final minutes in sections just across the American Airlines Center court from their team's bench.

St. Bonaventure was practicing in Dallas 12 hours after a middle-of-the-night arrival. And the Bonnies played four games in seven days, first in Washington, then Dayton and finally Dallas.

''I'm not one to make excuses, but it's one of those things,'' Jaylen Adams said. ''We were a little gassed. You could tell. We weren't used to that many games in that many days.''

Koulechov spent the previous two seasons at Rice after sitting out a year when he left Arizona State. As a seldom-used reserve, he didn't get in the game when the Sun Devils lost to Texas on a buzzer-beating follow shot by Texas' Cameron Ridley in 2014.

The 6-foot-5 guard had his first 20-point game since early January, going 4 of 10 from 3-point range.

''This team, they've been awesome,'' Koulechov said. ''The whole experience, not just the NCAA Tournament. Just the whole year, it's been amazing.''

Florida trailed 22-21 late in the first half when Mike Okauru hit a 3-pointer to start a 15-0 run that continued after halftime and put the Gators up 36-22.

Hudson soared over Matt Mobley for a put-back dunk and made the free throw after a foul to give Florida its first 20-point lead at 57-37 with about 8 minutes remaining as the Gators bounced from a loss to Arkansas in their SEC Tournament opener.

BIG PICTURE

St. Bonaventure: Senior backcourt leaders Mobley and Adams weren't much of a factor in their final games. While Mobley scored 10 points, he was 1 of 9 on 3-pointers. The pair combined to go 5 of 19 from the field, including 1 of 12 from long range. Adams scored 11.

Florida: The Gators rolled without much scoring help from the two most experienced players off last year's East Regional finalist. Chiozza, who hit the running 3 that beat Wisconsin in the regional semifinals last year, scored eight, but did finish just one off his career high for assists. KeVaughn Allen, who scored a career-high 35 in that win over the Badgers, had seven points. They were a combined 5 of 17 from the field.

ON THE BOARDS

St. Bonaventure's Idris Taqqee had a career-high 13 rebounds with two blocks. Keith Stone of Florida matched his career best with eight boards and scored nine points.

RECORD-SETTING SEASON

St. Bonaventure, which set a school record for wins by beating UCLA and was an at-large choice out of the Atlantic 10 Conference, was making its first NCAA appearance since 2012 and seventh overall. ''Maybe in a couple days it'll really sink in how great we played this year. But just sad that it had to end like this,'' Mobley said.

UP NEXT

While the tired Bonnies go home, the Gators will face a heavily pro-Texas Tech crowd in Dallas. American Airlines Center is about a five-hour drive from the Red Raiders' Lubbock campus.

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Key Players
J. Adams
3 G
C. Chiozza
11 G
32.2 Min. Per Game 32.2
11.2 Pts. Per Game 11.2
6.1 Ast. Per Game 6.1
4.4 Reb. Per Game 4.4
43.7 Field Goal % 42.1
43.6 Three Point % 34.6
85.1 Free Throw % 80.4
+ 3 Nelson Kaputo made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Izaiah Brockington 10.0
+ 2 Deaundrae Ballard made dunk 15.0
  Lost ball turnover on Jason Lee, stolen by Deaundrae Ballard 19.0
  Defensive rebound by Tshiefu Ngalakulondi 33.0
  Deaundrae Ballard missed 2nd of 2 free throws 33.0
+ 1 Deaundrae Ballard made 1st of 2 free throws 33.0
  Personal foul on Tshiefu Ngalakulondi 33.0
+ 2 Izaiah Brockington made dunk 37.0
+ 1 Chris Chiozza made 2nd of 2 free throws 44.0
+ 1 Chris Chiozza made 1st of 2 free throws 44.0
  Personal foul on Matt Mobley 44.0
Team Stats
Points 62 77
Field Goals 17-48 (35.4%) 27-65 (41.5%)
3-Pointers 3-19 (15.8%) 10-32 (31.3%)
Free Throws 25-34 (73.5%) 13-18 (72.2%)
Total Rebounds 39 35
Offensive 6 9
Defensive 31 24
Team 2 2
Assists 10 19
Steals 6 11
Blocks 3 4
Turnovers 17 9
Fouls 19 21
Technicals 0 0
14 PTS, 6 REB, 1 AST
20 PTS, 6 REB
12T
away team logo 11 St. Bonaventure 26-8 224062
home team logo 6 Florida 21-12 275077
Team Stats
away team logo 11 St. Bonaventure 26-8 77.1 PPG 38.3 RPG 13.9 APG
home team logo 6 Florida 21-12 75.8 PPG 38.2 RPG 13.1 APG
Key Players
11
C. Stockard G/F 13.3 PPG 6.3 RPG 2.2 APG 48.5 FG%
4
E. Koulechov G 13.8 PPG 6.4 RPG 1.2 APG 41.3 FG%
Top Scorers
C. Stockard G/F 14 PTS 6 REB 1 AST
E. Koulechov G 20 PTS 6 REB 0 AST
35.4 FG% 41.5
15.8 3PT FG% 31.3
73.5 FT% 72.2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
C. Stockard 37 14 6 1 0 0 4 5 5/12 0/3 4/5 0 6
J. Adams 29 11 1 2 0 0 4 4 2/6 0/3 7/8 0 1
M. Mobley 39 10 3 1 1 0 7 4 3/13 1/9 3/4 1 2
I. Taqqee 35 4 13 2 2 2 0 2 1/3 0/0 2/3 1 12
A. Ikpeze 16 3 4 1 0 1 1 0 1/2 0/0 1/2 0 4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
C. Stockard 37 14 6 1 0 0 4 5 5/12 0/3 4/5 0 6
J. Adams 29 11 1 2 0 0 4 4 2/6 0/3 7/8 0 1
M. Mobley 39 10 3 1 1 0 7 4 3/13 1/9 3/4 1 2
I. Taqqee 35 4 13 2 2 2 0 2 1/3 0/0 2/3 1 12
A. Ikpeze 16 3 4 1 0 1 1 0 1/2 0/0 1/2 0 4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
L. Griffin 24 9 4 0 2 0 0 3 2/5 1/1 4/6 2 2
I. Brockington 5 5 1 2 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 3/4 1 0
N. Kaputo 11 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 1/4 1/3 1/2 0 1
T. Ngalakulondi 2 2 4 0 1 0 0 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 3
J. Galatio 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
J. Lee 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
J. Ayeni - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 62 37 10 6 3 17 19 17/48 3/19 25/34 6 31
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
E. Koulechov 28 20 6 0 0 0 2 2 8/17 4/10 0/0 0 6
J. Hudson 30 16 4 1 0 1 2 2 6/14 2/8 2/4 1 3
C. Chiozza 31 8 4 11 3 0 0 2 3/9 0/3 2/2 0 4
K. Allen 31 7 1 4 3 0 3 2 2/8 1/5 2/2 0 1
K. Hayes 10 2 1 1 1 0 0 4 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
E. Koulechov 28 20 6 0 0 0 2 2 8/17 4/10 0/0 0 6
J. Hudson 30 16 4 1 0 1 2 2 6/14 2/8 2/4 1 3
C. Chiozza 31 8 4 11 3 0 0 2 3/9 0/3 2/2 0 4
K. Allen 31 7 1 4 3 0 3 2 2/8 1/5 2/2 0 1
K. Hayes 10 2 1 1 1 0 0 4 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Stone 25 9 8 1 0 3 1 4 2/8 2/5 3/4 3 5
M. Okauru 17 7 1 0 1 0 1 2 2/3 1/1 2/2 0 1
D. Bassett 13 4 5 1 1 0 0 2 2/3 0/0 0/0 3 2
D. Ballard 5 3 0 0 1 0 0 1 1/1 0/0 1/2 0 0
G. Gak 8 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 2 1
A. Fava 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
M. Krause 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
C. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Stokes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 77 33 19 11 4 9 21 27/65 10/32 13/18 9 24