LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (Ticker) -- Francisco Garcia was reduced to tears. Rick Pitino also gave Billy Donovan something to cry about.
Garcia scored 21 points to help Pitino remain unbeaten against Donovan as No. 25 Louisville posted a 73-65 victory over top-ranked Florida, which suffered its second straight loss.
Playing in his second game since the shooting death of his younger brother earlier this week, Garcia led the way for the Cardinals (4-1), who beat a top-ranked team for the first time since defeating Seton Hall on March 2, 1953.
"It was a great win for our program," Pitino said.
The game was called the Billy Minardi Classic, named to honor Pitino's brother-in-law who was killed in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
"My brother-in-law (Billy Minardi) and Francisco's brother (Hector Lopez) are smiling somewhere because we got a great victory and my brother-in-law loved Billy Donovan," Pitino said.
In the waning seconds, Garcia's emotions spilled over as he bent over and started to cry before being consoled by a teammate.
It also marked the 400th career coaching victory for Pitino, who improved to 5-0 all-time against Donovan, who was a former player under him at Providence from 1983-87. Donovan helped the Friars to the Final Four as a senior.
Pitino also coached Donovan in the NBA with the New York Knicks. After his playing career, Donovan was an assistant on Pitino's staff at Kentucky from 1989-94.
David Lee scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Gators (5-2), who were coming off Wednesday's 69-68 overtime loss to unranked Maryland.
"We are not a cohesive offensive team right now because we don't have good on-court chemistry right now," Donovan said. "There is no flow and continuity right now. It's not their fault, we have a lot of young guys."
While Lee enjoyed a big game, Donovan watched his top two scorers struggle. Anthony Roberson was held to nine points and Matt Walsh missed all eight shots and also committed five of the Gators' 18 turnovers.
"One of the big things for Walsh, Roberson and Lee, they are dealing with a different defensive focus than they were last year," Donovan said. "They were four, five and six on the defensive scouting report last year and now they are one, two and three."
Late in this contest, the Gators were showered with chants of "Overrated" from the crowd of 20,032 at Freedom Hall.
The Cardinals' scrambling defense had the Gators looking overrated. They converted 11 turnovers into 15 points in the opening 20 minutes, building a 32-27 lead. Garcia netted 11 points in the half.
Less than seven minutes into the second half, the Cardinals were clinging to a four-point lead when they used a 12-4 run to open some breathing room.
Taquan Dean, who scored 15 points, drilled a 3-pointer with 13:19 to play, triggering the decisive burst. Garcia also had a three-point play and Luke Whitehead made a shot from beyond the arc in the surge.