Appleby Bombs Buckeyes at Buzzer

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11/28/2021 | 12 PM

Gators Sports Network from LEARFIELD

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The play — its timing, its design, its execution — was an absolute thing of beauty. 

Florida coach Mike White called it during a dead-ball timeout, figuring it would be available if Ohio State scored out of the stoppage. The Buckeyes, as it turned out, got one of two free throws from backup forward Zed Key to take a two-point lead with 47 seconds to go. 

Up the court walked UF’s Tyree Appleby as the seconds ticked away. He didn’t look like a guy who was under orders to get a quick basket and give his team a chance at a two-for one and the game’s final possession. But once Appleby reached the front court, forward Colin Castleton took his defender to the free-throw line and promptly screened the Buckeye guarding Anthony Duruji, who broke down the left side of the lane and skied about two feet above the rim to grab a perfect lob from Appleby and thunder home a game-tying,

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