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Lewis’ big second half leads No. 15 Florida to tight win over Towson

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Florida forward Keyontae Johnson (11) and guard Scottie Lewis (23) celebrate after an NCAA college basketball game against Towson, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Matt Stamey)


GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Freshman Scottie Lewis scored 15 points in his first start, and No. 15 Florida escaped with a 66-60 victory over Towson on Thursday night.

Graduate transfer Kerry Blackshear Jr. had 13 points and 13 rebounds in his third game with his new team as Florida (2-1) bounced back from a dispiriting home loss to Florida State. Andrew Nembhard had 11 points and nine assists for the Gators.

Allen Bertrand scored 14 points for the Tigers (2-2), and his 3-pointer with 5:46 remaining gave Towson its last lead at 57-55. But the Tigers struggled from there, going 1 for 6 from the field as Florida ended the game with a 6-0 run.