Butler tops Florida for 5th at Battle 4 Atlantis
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Kamar Baldwin scored 19 points while Butler hit several key free throws late to hold off Florida 61-54 in Friday’s fifth-place game at the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Paul Jorgensen added 16 points and three 3-pointers for the Bulldogs (5-1), who shot 50 percent after halftime and went ahead for good midway through the second half.
It was another bumpy offensive showing for the Gators (3-3), who struggled after halftime. Florida made 7 of 15 3-pointers in the first half to lead 32-27 at the break, but the Gators shot 29 percent after halftime and made just 1 of 12 3s.
Florida scored just 22 second-half points and made only 5 of 10 free throws in the final 20 minutes.
Freshman Andrew Nembhard had 11 points, seven assists and five rebounds with no turnovers for the Gators.