Chiozza scores 16, No. 24 Florida beats North Florida 91-60
Florida guard Kasey Hill (0) passes as North Florida forward Karlos Odum (1) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Jacksonville, Fla., Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Chris Chiozza scored 16 points, Justin Leon added 13 and No. 24 Florida handled North Florida 91-60 on Thursday night.
It was the Gators' first game as a ranked team during coach Mike White's two seasons in Gainesville.
Dallas Moore tried to wreck it. North Florida's all-time leading scorer finished with 31 points on 12-of-21 shooting. He kept the Ospreys (3-6) in the game early, but couldn't keep pace with Florida's inside-out attack.
The Gators pounded the ball inside (38 points in the paint), scored 38 points off turnovers and made 9 of 19 shots from 3-point range. It looked a lot like the last time these teams played. Florida hit 16 3s and beat North Florida 97-68 in the first round of the NIT in March.
White has a deeper and more talented team in his second season, and the Gators showed they could handle a little success. The entered The Associated Press' Top 25 Monday for the first time since November 2014.