GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Chandler Parsons hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, his second game-winning shot in three weeks, and Florida beat South Carolina 58-56 on Saturday night.
Parsons finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. He missed his first three 3s, but hit the only one that mattered.
Devan Downey led the Gamecocks (11-8, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) with 36 points, one shy of his career high. Downey spun out of a double team and hit a short jumper to put South Carolina ahead 56-55 with 5.1 seconds remaining.
Erving Walker dribbled to the foul line and hit Parsons with a perfect pass. Parsons got both feet under him and stroked the 3 from the left wing. He ran across the court and got mobbed by his teammates. A similar celebration unfolded Jan. 3 at North Carolina State, when Parsons hit a 75-footer at the buzzer to lift Florida (14-5, 3-2) to a 62-61 victory.
His latest one stunned the Gamecocks. Coach Darrin Horn put both hands on his head, and several players dropped to the floor in disbelief.
It gave Florida a three-game winning streak and gave South Carolina a three-game losing streak.
It also spoiled a brilliant performance by Downey, who made 12 of 25 shots and was really the only offense the Gamecocks mustered.
Downey scored the team's final nine points, hitting a 3, two free throws, a jumper and then ending an impressive drive with a bucket that looked like it would be the game-winner.
Florida had other thoughts.
Students chanted Parsons' name as he left the court and gave him another ovation when he came back out to do a radio interview.
Kenny Boynton led the Gators with 14 points and hit three huge free throws with 11 seconds remaining. Ramon Galloway fouled Boynton on a shot from the wing, a poor decision considering Boynton is shooting 27 percent from behind the arc and missed his first five 3s in the game.
Boynton, a freshman, calmly stepped
to the line and hit all three to put Florida up 55-54.
Boynton and Walker doubled Downey, who still managed to get the ball and then spun away from them on the other end and hit his short jumper.
Boynton and Walker insisted Downey double dribbled. There was no call, though.
Walker finished with 13 points, seven assists and five rebounds for the Gators. Alex Tyus had 12 points and nine boards.Cutlineis a photo coming ???