KeVaughn Allen beats the clock in New York
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KeVaughn Allen beats the clock in New York

Florida guard's scoring outbursts lifts Gators in Elite Eight

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Florida’s clock never struck midnight, thanks to KeVaughn Allen’s scoring outburst. Allen introduced himself to March Madness with a 35-point performance Friday night and Saturday morning in the basketball palace of Madison Square Garden.

Florida’s Chris Chiozza made the highlight shows with his game-winning three-point field goal at the overtime buzzer to lift the Gators past Wisconsin, 84-83. However, none of it would have happened without Allen snapping a shooting slump and finding his magical touch with 20 second-half points. Wisconsin’s final mistake was allowing Chiozza to run the court with four seconds remaining to get off the game-winner, but the bigger mistake was fouling Allen twice on three-point field goal attempts in the final moments of the first half. ... 

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom spent the bulk of his career in San DIego writing for the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has covered NCAA Tournaments, Super Bowls, Rose Bowls, the NBA Finals and the World Series in a career that included writing for Voice of San Diego, the San Diego Hall of Champions and He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer,, and the National Football Foundation's Football Matters. He won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003. USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter presented its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans. It explains Duffy Daugherty's pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

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