LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Josh Perkins had 18 points and Silas Melson scored 10 of his 12 during a second-half rally as No. 11 Gonzaga beat Florida 77-72 on Friday night in a semifinal at the AdvoCare Invitational.

After getting down by 11 points in the opening half, Melson hit two 3s during a 15-2 run that put Gonzaga ahead 68-59 with 5 1/2 minutes left. He made two free throws with 22.9 seconds remaining to make it 76-70.

The Bulldogs (5-0) got 16 points from Johnathan Williams, while Nigel Williams-Goss added 14.

Devin Robinson lead Florida (5-1) with 18 points and KeVaughn Allen had 15.

Robinson had 13 points, including Florida’s first nine, as the Gators went up 37-32 at halftime.

Gonzaga, which trailed by 11 with 4 1/2 minutes left in the first half, had a late surge keyed by three of Perkins’ 15 first-half points. Zach Collins had a slam that got the Bulldogs within 31-27 right after Florida’s Canyon Barry, the son of NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry, misfired on a breakaway dunk attempt.

Rick Barry was at the game.

BIG PICTURE

Florida beat Seton Hall 81-76 on Thursday in a matchup of teams that received votes in this week’s AP poll. The Gators came up short in a bid to start a season 6-0 or better for the 10th time.

Gonzaga improved to 8-0 in the Thanksgiving tournament at Disney formerly known as the Old Spice Classic. The Bulldogs won the event in 2008 and 2012.

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