No. 10 Florida 107, Jacksonville 62
Florida coach Billy Donovan had one starter on crutches, a key
backup dealing with a groin injury and Jacksonville in town.
The 10th-ranked Gators seemed ripe for a letdown.
Instead, they responded with a beatdown.
Kenny Boynton scored 22 points, Erving Walker added 21 and
Florida used a hot-shooting night to handle Jacksonville 107-62 on
”It’s a great feeling just team ball, everybody sharing it,
everybody getting involved and it’s actually easy to play when it’s
like that,” Walker said.
The Gators (4-1) dominated from the opening tip, allowing little
chance for a repeat of what happened last year in Gainesville.
Jacksonville (2-3) upset Florida 71-69 in overtime, knocking the
Gators out of the rankings.
This one was over by halftime.
Florida made seven of its first 14 shots to open a double-digit
lead. Boynton hit consecutive 3-pointers that pushed the lead to
The Gators were up 58-38 at halftime and showed the kind of
knockout mentality Donovan has been seeking with a 13-2 run to
start the second half.
”I felt like this game was the best game we’ve played in terms
of how I envision our team playing offensively and defensively,”
Patric Young keyed the second-half spurt. Wearing protective
glasses four nights after he got poked in the eye, Young had a
layup off a blocked shot, a free throw and another easy bucket in
the paint. He was fouled on the last of his three straight plays
and missed the free throw. No worries, though. He got the offensive
board, which led to Scottie Wilbekin’s 3 from the wing.
Young finished with 14 points and nine rebounds, helping negate
the absence of forward Erik Murphy. Murphy injured his right knee
in practice Thursday and was on crutches Friday.
”I was hoping for that other rebound,” Young said. ”I asked
coach Donovan if I could get back in, but he was like, `Nah, I
don’t want you to get hurt.”’
The Gators can’t afford more injuries.
Murphy, a 6-foot-10 junior from Rhode Island, banged his knee in
practice and is still unsure how severe the injury is. Donovan said
he doesn’t believe it is season ending, but more tests are
scheduled for Saturday.
Murphy is averaging 10.0 points and 4.0 rebounds. Will Yeguete
replaced him the lineup, and finished with eight points and nine
Casey Prather also is dealing with a groin injury, leaving
Florida with a relatively short bench.
It didn’t matter against the Dolphins, who were led by Russell
Powell’s 15 points.
”We need to get a better effort from our entire team,”
Jacksonville coach Cliff Warren said. ”We are a work in progress.
We need to learn from this and get better for the rest of the
The biggest difference was Florida’s shooting. The Gators shot
55 percent from the field.
Even though the Dolphins were overmatched, they didn’t play all
that poorly. They shot 39 percent from the field and committed 15
turnovers. They were 5 of 15 from behind the arc and just 9 of 17
from the free throw line.
Florida had more woes from the charity stripe, a strange trend
for a team with so many solid outside shooters. The Gators were 22
of 35 from the free throw line, but made up for the misses by
hitting 11 of 25 from 3-point range.
”We moved the ball. We shared the ball,” Donovan said. ”I
thought we were really active in our press. We were able to cause a
lot of havoc. Even though we didn’t turn them over a lot, it
created a tempo and a pace for us that offensively we were really
able to get out on the break.
”I thought we were disruptive. We took them a little bit out of
their flow and we got stops.”