Hardly anything would fall from long range for Florida — until Chandler Parsons tossed up a prayer from well past halfcourt.
His 75-footer swished through at the overtime buzzer, lifting the Gators past North Carolina State 62-61 on Sunday.
"I'd be lying if I felt that it looked good going in, or I felt that I had it," Parsons said. "I was trying to make sure that I got it off in time."
Vernon Macklin scored 14 points, Erving Walker added 13 and Alex Tyus finished with 11 for cold-shooting Florida (11-3). The Gators finished 3-for-24 from three-point range and appeared headed for a loss after Farnold Degand's free throw with 2.6 seconds put host N.C. State up 61-59.
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But after Degand missed his second free throw, Parsons grabbed the rebound, took two dribbles and uncorked a shot from roughly three-quarter court. It swished through, sending the Gators spilling onto the court to mob him.
"Nothing diagrammed, there was no play, there was nothing like that — a guy just took the ball and, you know, you talk about strange things happening," Florida Coach Billy Donovan said.
Said N.C. State point guard Javier Gonzalez: "Who knows how many times he's going to make that in his career again? But he made it. We've got to live with it."
Tracy Smith scored 21 points while Gonzalez had eight of his 13 in overtime for the Wolfpack (10-4). They made just 10 of 19 free throws and turned it over 14 times, many coming against Florida's effective full-court press.
"The only way we could even stay in the game with the way we shot the ball was what we did defensively in the second half," Donovan said. "Our defense and our rebounding, especially our offensive rebounding, gave us a chance to at least hang around and put ourselves in position to win."
Before Parsons' heave, the Gators were 2-for-23 from beyond the arc. They missed their first 13 shots from long range, then missed one that would have won it in regulation.
Gonzalez, who finished with six turnovers, forced overtime with a key putback before starting the extra session with a three from the corner and hitting a baseline drive that put the Wolfpack up 53-48.
After Florida cut it to 58-57, Gonzalez hit two free throws with 6.5 seconds left. Walker made it 60-59 by hitting two free throws with 3.3 seconds left. He didn't want to make the second one — he was trying to miss hard off the rim to create a chance at a putback, but instead banked it in.
"From a coaching standpoint, sometimes we have a whole lot less control than what we think," Donovan said.
No. 7 Duke 74, No. 21 Clemson 53: Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith each scored 22 points to help Duke beat Clemson, extending the Tigers' misery in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Kyle Singler added 16 points for the Blue Devils, who opened Atlantic Coast Conference play with a dominating defensive performance that shut down Trevor Booker and the Tigers from the start. Duke held Clemson to just 12 points in the opening half and led by 18 at the break, avenging last year's lopsided loss while handing the Tigers their 13th straight defeat at Duke.
Demontez Stitt scored 17 points to lead Clemson, which managed an 11-point run to start the second half and briefly get back in the game. But the Blue Devils remained in control thanks to their perimeter pressure, which made the Tigers work for everything and struggle to get the ball inside to Booker — a pre-season all-ACC pick.
Booker finished with 10 points on 4-for-11 shooting. The Tigers shot just 33 percent, including 3-for-16 from three-point range.
No. 13 Georgetown 67, DePaul 50: Chris Wright scored 18 points and Austin Freeman had 17 for the Hoyas, who had four players in double figures and shot 57 percent.
Georgetown led by 10 at halftime and then pulled away. The Hoyas entered having allowed 58 points per game and they gave up only 25 in each half to the struggling Blue Demons, holding them to 39 percent shooting.
It was Georgetown's ninth straight victory over the Blue Demons.
DePaul has lost 21 straight Big East regular-season games, dating to March 2008.
Wake Forest 96, Xavier 92 (2OT): Ishmael Smith scored a career-high 28 points and Al-Farouq Aminu had 26 points and 17 rebounds as Wake Forest pulled out a double-overtime victory against Xavier. The Demon Deacons rallied from a four-point deficit late in the second to win their seventh straight.
Jordan Crawford, brother of former Kentucky star Joe Crawford, scored a career-high 30 points for Xavier.
It was the first game in the Skip Prosser Classic, a 10-year series between the schools. It's named for Prosser, who was the coach at Xavier from 1994-2001 and at Wake Forest from 2001 until his death in 2007.
No. 9 Georgia 52, Alabama 44: Ashley Houts scored 14 points to help the visiting Bulldogs get to 14-0 with a victory over Alabama.
Porsha Phillips had a career-high 17 rebounds, Angel Robinson had 10 points and 11 rebounds and Meredith Mitchell added 11 points and eight rebounds for Georgia in the SEC opener for both teams.
Georgia trailed by 10 at halftime, but opened the second half by scoring the first 15 points to take a 35-30 lead.
The Bulldogs, the only remaining team in the SEC, will host Kentucky on Thursday in the Cats' league opener.
No. 4 Tennessee 96, No. 14 Oklahoma 75: Shekinna Stricklen had the second triple-double in Tennessee history, finishing with 17 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists in the Lady Volunteers' home victory.
Stricklen completed the triple-double with her 10th rebound with 8:58 left. The only other Lady Vol to accomplish the feat was Shelia Collins, who had 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals against Florida State on Feb. 8, 1985.