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(Associated Press) Florida’s Mike Rosario, left, is fouled by Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe during the first half of a third-round game of the NCAA tournament Sunday in Austin, Texas.

Men's basketball: Gophers fall 78-64 to Florida

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AUSTIN, Texas — Mike Rosario scored 25 points and Florida used an overpowering first half to roll past Minnesota and into the NCAA tournament round of 16 for third consecutive year with a 78-64 win Sunday in the South Regional.

The No. 3 seed Gators (28-7) shot a blistering 65 percent in the first half and led by 21 by halftime. The win earns Florida a return trip to the Lone Star State to play their next game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

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