UF, Castleton Swat Rebels With Late Rally

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1/16/2021 | 4 PM

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With six-plus minutes to go and his team down by nine, Florida coach Mike White huddled with his players during a timeout and listened to them vow they were not going to lose Tuesday night’s home game to Ole Miss. OK, fine. White asked his worked-up bunch what defense they wanted to play to get back in the game. 

“Man,” forward Colin Castleton shot back. “Straight up, one-on-one man.” 

So, man it was.

And man up, the Gators did. 

Castleton, the 6-foot-11 transfer from Michigan, was spectacular all night, but especially in those final minutes in helping key a ferocious UF run that included the final 14 points of the game, as the Gators smothered the Rebels when it mattered most and left Exactech Arena/O’Connell Center with a much-needed 72-63 victory that snapped a two-game losing streak. 

It was an across-the-board, career performance by Castleton, who scored 21 points, tallied career highs of 10 rebounds and eight blocked shots to go with three assists. He also had a big hand (a swinging one) in the

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