Florida 45, Auburn 40

Erving Walker scored five points over the final 1:11 to help

rescue cold-shooting Florida in a 45-40 win over Auburn on Thursday

night.

The Gators (14-4, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) hit just 28

percent from the floor but scored the final eight points to avoid

an embarrassing loss.

Kenny Boynton buried one 3-pointer to tie it with 1:50 left and

then Walker – who missed his first six attempts – finally hit one

for a 43-40 lead.

Earnest Ross was called for a charge at the other end after an

out-of-control drive for the Tigers (7-11, 0-4), but Walker’s

off-balance jumper hit the side of the backboard to give the Tigers

a chance to tie it with 20 seconds to play.

Ross fired up an off-balance 3 from the corner that was short,

and Walker put the game away with two free throws in the final

seconds.