Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - With Florida reeling, Kenny Boynton suddenly came alive.
Boynton netted all 16 of his points in the second half of No. 13 Florida's 61-51 win over Alabama in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament.
Boynton tallied just two points on 1-of-10 shooting through his first three halves during the tourney, but went 6-of-9 over the final 20 minutes Saturday. He tallied 11 straight points during a game-changing 15-0 Florida run with his team down by 10 early in the second half.
Patric Young added 13 points and nine rebounds for the Gators (26-6), who will play the winner of the Vanderbilt/Ole Miss contest in the SEC Championship game on Sunday.
Trevor Releford had 12 points to lead the Crimson Tide (21-12), who defeated Georgia and Tennessee to get to the semifinals.
Nick Jacobs' layup followed by two Releford free throws helped Alabama build a 37-27 advantage with 16:04 to play before Boynton and the Gators took over.
After Will Yeguete sunk two foul shots, Boynton did the same for his first two points of the tilt with 14:56 left. He then secured a defensive rebound and went coast-to-coast for a layup before nailing a left wing 3-pointer on the Gators' next possession. Boynton then made a layup and jumper before Young capped the surge with a jumper to make it 42-37 in favor of Florida with 11:19 to go.
Trevor Lacey hit a triple to stop the bleeding and pull Alabama within two, but a Mike Rosario three point play and a Boynton jumper pushed the spread back to 47-40. A bit later, Boynton's triple made it 50-42 with 8:14 remaining.
Alabama never got within less than four the rest of the way.
Earlier, Florida was just 1-of-8 from beyond the arc in the opening half against the Crimson Tide's stingy defense, and Alabama headed into the break with a 28-25 cushion.
GAME NOTES: Florida finished just 3-of-17 from beyond the arc ... Rosario finished with 10 points ... Lacey and Jacobs recorded 11 points apiece ... The Gators held a 32-18 points in the paint advantage ... Boynton is 18 points shy of 2000 for his career.