Posted On: 03/6/19 5:21 PM

LAKELAND - 2019 Duke signee Vernon Carey Jr. sat out Wednesday night's Class 5A state semifinal, but it didn't phase University one bit.

The Sharks took the bite out The Villages (22-8) early on and never looked back in a 91-53 win to advance to Thursday's state final against Andrew Jackson. University (25-4) will look to defend its state title from a season ago.

Led by 2020 guard Roger McFarlane (25 points), 2020 forward Scottie Barnes (22 points) and 2020 forward Jace Howard (12 points), the Sharks spread the floor and never stopped pushing the tempo.

Barnes was ferocious all game long on 11-of-16 shooting from the field along with eight boards and five assists. He played all but two minutes on the night.  With Carey Jr. in a boot, Barnes and his supporting cast rose to the occasion. 

"I just played it like a regular game," Barnes said. "I knew coming into the game he (Vernon) wasn't playing so I knew we all needed to step up and play our game. We just had to play hard and focus on our game plan."

McFarlane was superb, hitting on 11-of-14 shots from the field while grabbing nine rebounds and recording three steals. As

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