Louisville in Final 4 with 72-68 win over Florida

Louisville in Final 4 with 72-68 win over Florida

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PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 24: Gorgui Dieng #10 of the Louisville Cardinals goes for the ball along with Erik Murphy #33 of the Florida Gators in the first half during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball West Regional Final at US Airways Center on March 24, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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Posted on March 24, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 26 at 2:59 PM

PHOENIX (AP) -- Rick Pitino nudged out Billy Donovan for a spot in the Final Four on Saturday when his Louisville team finished the game on a 23-8 run for a 72-68 victory over Florida in the West Regional.

Chane Behanan hit the go-ahead basket with 1:04 left for fourth-seeded Louisville, then after two Cardinals free throws, Florida's Bradley Beal and Kenny Boynton each missed chances to tie.

The seventh-seeded Gators (26-11) fell in the regional semifinals for the second straight year, while Louisville (30-9) will go to the Final Four for the ninth time, and the second under Pitino.

Russ Smith led Louisville with 19 points and Behanan had 17. The Cardinals played the final 3:58 without point guard Peyton Siva, who fouled out.

The Gators shot 8 for 11 from 3-point range in the first half but didn't make one in the second.
 

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