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Florida upsets No. 9 West Virginia 88-71 in Challenge

Florida coach Mike White congratulated his players in the locker room and then challenged them to match the energy, effort and efficiency they played with against West Virginia.

It won't be easy.

Dorian Finney-Smith scored 24 points, Brandone Francis-Ramirez hit three huge 3-pointers and the Gators upset the ninth-ranked Mountaineers 88-71 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Saturday.

It gave White a signature win in his first season and surely will help his team's chances of making the NCAA Tournament in March.

"It's a really big win," White said. "I'm worried about this team being as good as we can be and seeing how far we can play into the...