Scottie Wilbekin spent most of Thursday night’s game trying to find his shooting touch.

Luckily for the Gators, Michael Frazier II didn’t have similar trouble.

And when Wilbekin finally found rhythm, Florida found a way to make history repeat itself against UCLA.

Wilbekin scored 10 of his 13 points in the second half, Frazier finished with a game-high 19 points and the Gators emerged with their fourth consecutive Elite Eight appearance following a 79-68 victory over the Bruins in the South Region semifinal at the FedEx Forum.

The Gators (35-2) won their 29th consecutive game in front of a crowd of 14,991 and will next try to reverse its recent trend of coming up short on the doorstep of the Final Four when they face Dayton (26-10) Saturday night.

Dayton, the No. 11 seed and Cinderella story of this year’s tournament so far, beat Stanford 82-72 in the earlier South Region semifinal to advance to its first Elite Eight since 1984.

The Gators will vie for their fourth Final Four appearance and first since winning the second of back-to-back national titles in 2007.

Florida beat UCLA (28-9) in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time since 2006.

And it took another solid defensive effort as the Gators held UCLA, which came in averaging 81.7 points per game, to 30 points in the first half.

Wilbekin, the SEC Player of the Year, who suffered a knee bruise in the Gators’ previous tournament win against Pittsburgh, wasn’t his usual self throughout the first half scoring only three points and shooting only 1 of 7 from the field.

But with UCLA attempting to claw its way back into the game, Wilbekin came up with five clutch points that helped Florida extend its lead to 66-55 and effectively put the game out of reach.

After UCLA cut the deficit to 56-55 with 10:04 left in the second half, Florida went on a 10-0 surge that was keyed by a Wilbekin assist to Frazier, a three-point basket and later a drive to the hoop where Wilbekin hit a shot high off the glass and drew a foul later making a free throw.

Frazier, who had struggled shooting in the Gators first two tournament victories, went 5 of 8 from three-point range Thursday and ignited Florida early making his first three attempts from long range.

Frazier II tied Lee Humphrey for the UF-record for three-pointers made in a season with his 113.

UCLA coach Steve Alford stressed the importance of scoring against the Gators during the team’s press conference earlier this week.

“If you play Florida you’re going to have to score,” Alford said Wednesday. “If the game’s in the 50s.”