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Florida Gators center Micah Handlogten was involved in a scary moment during the SEC Tournament final on Sunday against the Auburn Tigers.

In the opening minutes of the game, Handlogten was going for a rebound but he came down awkwardly on his leg. He was stretchered off the floor and a team spokesman later said he suffered a broken leg and was taken to a hospital for further tests.

Handlogten had two rebounds in two minutes of play. The sound of his bone breaking was apparently heard on television and blood was visible on the back of his calf, according to The Associated Press.

The 7-foot-1 sophomore transferred to Florida from Marshall after the 2022-23 season. He was averaging 5.5 points and 7.1 rebounds this season as the Gators pushed to get into the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

He wasn’t contributing too much in the scoring department, but had a knack for the rebound. He had 14 total rebounds in the three SEC Tournament games before going up against Auburn in the final.

Micah Handlogten on the stretcher

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Auburn would later wrap up the win and the automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament, 86-67.

Auburn’s Johni Broome led the way with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Denver Jones added 11 points. 

Gators guard Zayin Pullin led the team with 15 points and two assists. Florida’s Thomas Haugh had 11 points and four rebounds off the bench. 

Micah Handlogten tended to by officials

Florida now has to wait to see whether the committee will include them in the field of 68.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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