NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Jordan Jones scored 17 points as
eighth-seeded Florida beat ninth-seeded Auburn 70-60 on Thursday in
the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
The game marked the end of Auburn coach Nell Fortner's career.
Fortner announced on Feb. 21 she was retiring after her eighth
season with the Tigers and 18th year as a head coach.
The Gators (19-11) led by as many as 18 points in the second
half and held a 57-41 lead when Hasina Muhammad tipped in a shot
for Auburn. That basket launched a 10-2 run that cut Florida's lead
to eight points with 2:46 to play, but the Tigers wouldn't get any
Florida scored 20 points off 13 Auburn turnovers. The Gators
gave away the ball 14 times, but those turnovers only led to eight
points for the Tigers (13-17).
Muhammad led Auburn with 20 points.
Florida will face top-seeded Kentucky on Friday.