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Florida puts clamps on Virginia


ORLANDO, Fla. -- Justin Leon and Devin Robinson hit big shot after big shot to help Florida find cracks in the top scoring defense in the country.

The Gators then turned on their own stifling defense to earn a trip to the Sweet 16.

Playing maybe its most complete game of the season, fourth-seeded Florida dismantled fifth-seeded Virginia during a dominant 65-39 victory Saturday night at Amway Center.

Inside the second round of March Madness:

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Inside the second round of March Madness, 2017
Mar 16, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; General view of a March Madness basketball prior to the game between the Maryland Terrapins and the Xavier Musketeers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 18, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers forward Elijah Macon (45) and forward Nathan Adrian (11) pressure Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward Bonzie Colson (35) in the second half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at KeyBank Center. West Virginia won 83-71. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 18, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers forward Elijah Macon (45) reacts after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at KeyBank Center. West Virginia won 83-71. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 18, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward Matt Ryan (4) reacts after a loss to the West Virginia Mountaineers during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at KeyBank Center. West Virginia won 83-71. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 18, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; The West Virginia Mountaineers bench reacts in the second half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at KeyBank Center. West Virginia won 83-71. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 18, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers guard Tarik Phillip (12) shoots against Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward Bonzie Colson (35) in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 18: Vitto Brown #30 of the Wisconsin Badgers and Josh Hart #3 of the Villanova Wildcats go after a rebound during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyBank Center on March 18, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 18: Josh Hart #3 of the Villanova Wildcats drives to the basket against Ethan Happ #22 of the Wisconsin Badgers during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyBank Center on March 18, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 18: Teammates Bronson Koenig #24 and Zak Showalter #3 of the Wisconsin Badgers try to steal the ball from Eric Paschall #4 of the Villanova Wildcats during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyBank Center on March 18, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 18: Donte DiVincenzo #10 of the Villanova Wildcats reacts after a play against the Wisconsin Badgers during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyBank Center on March 18, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 18: Head coach Jay Wright of the Villanova Wildcats walks off the court after being defeated by the Wisconsin Badgers 65-62 during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyBank Center on March 18, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Mar 18, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; Wisconsin Badgers forward Nigel Hayes (10) reacts in the second half against the Villanova Wildcats during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
March 18, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Northwestern Wildcats forward Vic Law (4) reacts during the 79-73 loss against the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the second half in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
March 18, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Killian Tillie (33) reacts during the 79-79 victory against the Northwestern Wildcats in the second half in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
March 18, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Nigel Williams-Goss (5) shoots against Northwestern Wildcats forward Vic Law (4) during the second half in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
March 18, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Nigel Williams-Goss (5) reacts after he scores a basket against Northwestern Wildcats forward Vic Law (4) during the first half in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 18: Trevon Bluiett #5 of the Xavier Musketeers follows through on his shot against the Florida State Seminoles in the second half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Amway Center on March 18, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 18: Xavier Rathan-Mayes #22 of the Florida State Seminoles shoots against Malcolm Bernard #11 of the Xavier Musketeers in the second half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Amway Center on March 18, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 18: Sean O'Mara #54 of the Xavier Musketeers shoots against Jarquez Smith #23 of the Florida State Seminoles in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Amway Center on March 18, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 18: Michael Ojo #50 of the Florida State Seminoles fights for the ball against Trevon Bluiett #5 and Kaiser Gates #22 of the Xavier Musketeers in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Amway Center on March 18, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 18: Tyler Lewis #1 of the Butler Bulldogs dribbles the ball while being guarded by Antwain Johnson #2 of the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders in the second half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center on March 18, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonthan Daniel/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 18: Antwain Johnson #2 of the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders attempts a shot while being guarded by Avery Woodson #0 of the Butler Bulldogs in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center on March 18, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonthan Daniel/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 18: Aldonis Foote #45 of the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders walks off the court after losing to the Butler Bulldogs 74-65 during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center on March 18, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 18: Avery Woodson #0 and Kelan Martin #30 of the Butler Bulldogs celebrate after beating the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders 74-65 during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center on March 18, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 18: JaCorey Williams #22 of the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders walks off the court after losing to the Butler Bulldogs 74-65 during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center on March 18, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 18: Allonzo Trier #35 of the Arizona Wildcats attempts a layup defended by Dane Pineau #22 of the St. Mary's Gaels during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 18, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 18: Tanner Krebs #00 of the St. Mary's Gaels is defended by Rawle Alkins #1 of the Arizona Wildcats as Head coach Sean Miller looks on during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 18, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 18: Lauri Markkanen #10 of the Arizona Wildcats is defended by Evan Fitzner #21 of the St. Mary's Gaels during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 18, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 18: Calvin Hermanson #24 of the St. Mary's Gaels attempts a lay up against the Arizona Wildcats during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 18, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 18: The Arizona Wildcats react against the St. Mary's Gaels during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 18, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 18: Kadeem Allen #5 of the Arizona Wildcats attempts a shot defended by Evan Fitzner #21 of the St. Mary's Gaels during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 18, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
March 18, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Arizona Wildcats center Dusan Ristic (14) reacts with guard Kadeem Allen (5) and guard Rawle Alkins (1) against the Saint Mary's Gaels during the second half in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 18: Kasey Hill #0 of the Florida Gators drives against London Perrantes #32 of the Virginia Cavaliers in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Amway Center on March 18, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 18: Devin Robinson #1 of the Florida Gators looks to pass against Mamadi Diakite #25 of the Virginia Cavaliers in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Amway Center on March 18, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 18: The mascots for the Florida Gators and Virginia Cavaliers perform in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Amway Center on March 18, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 18: Jack Salt #33 of the Virginia Cavaliers goes up for a shot against Kevarrius Hayes #13 of the Florida Gators in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Amway Center on March 18, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 18: Gorjok Gak #12 of the Florida Gators dunks against Jack Salt #33 and Marial Shayok #4 of the Virginia Cavaliers in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Amway Center on March 18, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Florida players Canyon Barry, left, and Gorjok Gak celebrate after a 65-39 win against Virginia during the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, March 18, 2017. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
Florida's Chris Chiozza, left, and Devin Robinson, right, celebrate after a 65-39 win against Virginia during the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, March 18, 2017. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 18: Isaac Haas #44 of the Purdue Boilermakers dunks the ball while being guarded by Solomon Young #33 of the Iowa State Cyclones in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center on March 18, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 18: Isaac Haas #44 of the Purdue Boilermakers blocks a shot attempt by Darrell Bowie #10 of the Iowa State Cyclones in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center on March 18, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 18: Deonte Burton #30 of the Iowa State Cyclones dribbles the ball whlie being guarded by P.J. Thompson #11 of the Purdue Boilermakers in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center on March 18, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 18: Vince Edwards #12 of the Purdue Boilermakers dunks the ball past Darrell Bowie #10 of the Iowa State Cyclones in the second half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center on March 18, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 18: Vince Edwards #12 of the Purdue Boilermakers handles the ball while being guarded by Nazareth Mitrou-Long #15 of the Iowa State Cyclones in the second half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center on March 18, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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The Gators (26-8) advanced to the Sweet 16 to face No. 8 Wisconsin next Friday at Madison Square Garden.

"That's about as well as we've played defensively," Gators coach Mike White said. "We put a lot of it together tonight. I'm really proud of the defensive effort, the focus, the lock-in. Especially when we got up, I don't know, say, 16, we didn't have a drop-off, and we've had that four or five times this year. We didn't have it tonight."

Robinson (14 points and 11 rebounds) and Leon (14 points and 10 rebounds) each recorded double-doubles against a Virginia defense that came in allowing just 56.1 points per game.

By the end of the night, it was Florida's defense that earned all of the accolades while setting a season low in points allowed.

The Gators held the Cavaliers (23-11) to a season-low 17 points in the first half and never relented after using a 12-0 run to take a 31-17 lead into halftime.

Leon was the catalyst of the surge, doing a little bit of everything in his breakout game of the tournament. He hit a layup and drew a foul, connected on a pair of free throws and then buried a 3-pointer.

The senior forward continued his impressive performance by making consecutive 3-pointers early in the second half, the second of which put the Gators ahead 40-17 with 17:39 remaining.

"We just had to get them uncomfortable and play our tempo," Robinson said. "We knew if we played at their methodical tempo, it would have been a tough game for us. We just tried to stay aggressive on defense and get in transition as best we can, and that turned to great offense."

With the Gators cruising, the only question for most of the second half was how ugly it would get for the Cavaliers, whose season came to a staggering end.

London Perrantes, who led a gritty comeback win Thursday with 24 points against UNC Wilmington, finished with six on 2-of-12 shooting. Marial Shayok, who had 23 in the first round, was held to seven as no Virginia player hit double figures in scoring.

Overall, the Cavaliers shot just 16 of 54 from the field (29.6 percent), including 1 of 15 from behind the arc. The Gators led by as many as 29 points with 4:41 remaining.

"You saw a really good defensive team play against a team that was really struggling offensively," Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. "But you can see why they're good -- their quickness, their athleticism. The thing that was frustrating is we really accomplished a lot this year. To end that way is obviously what really stings. It really does."

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