Gators can't hold off Knights

Published: Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 04:16 PM.

An Austin Hicks 3-pointer with 1:16 left in the first quarter gave the Gators a lead they held until the 5:09 mark in the fourth quarter, when Ponder converted on a 3-point play, putting the Knights up 42-40.

The Gators (0-1) tied the game at 43-43 on a pair of Austin Martin free throws with 3:50 left to play, but they were never able to regain the lead down the stretch.

Baker suffered a big setback late in the third quarter, when Morgan, the leading Gator scorer, took a hard spill going up to make a defensive play.

Morgan stayed on the floor for several minutes before going to the bench, but he never returned to the game.

With Morgan sidelined, the Gators were held to only two field goals in the fourth quarter, as Baker's offense slowed to a virtual halt. Many of the Gator problems were due to their inability to handle the Knights' pressure defense.

Hicks and Martin's free-throw shooting kept the Gators within striking distance, but striking distance wasn't close enough with Martin on the bench.

Hicks and Morgan each scored 13 points, leading the Gators in scoring. Austin Walters scored nine points, Martin eight points and Wilder Kersey scored seven points for the Gators.

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