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“They’ve got to shoot the ball with confidence,” Donovan said. “If those guys have looks, they’ve got to shoot the ball. It’s good for our team.”
It certainly was Friday.
The Gators (8-0) made eight of their first 12 shots from behind the arc to start the second half. That’s more 3-pointers than they hit in six games this season. It also helped them blow open a close game.
“It’s definitely nice for a change,” said Boynton, who entered the game shooting 18 percent on 3s. “We all knocked down shots when we needed them.”
The Gators won their ninth straight in the series and improved to 8-0 for just the third time in school history.
The Dolphins kept it close much of the game thanks mostly to 16 offensive rebounds, eight steals and five blocked shots.
“That’s our makeup,” coach Cliff Warren said. “We have to fight, scrap, claw to go get rebounds. We knew we were going to be undermanned size-wise, so that’s how we have to play.”
It worked for a while.
But the Dolphins faded down the stretch – maybe showing some wear after a tough season-opening stretch.
Nonetheless, the Dolphins lost their home opener for the second straight year.
The Gators hope to be back here in March for the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament. If so, they can hope the nets are as friendly.
They won several games, including upsets of
“Our No. 1 priority this year is going to be defense,” Walker said. “We know you cannot shoot the ball well every night and we want to stay in games with defense. Of course, everybody wants to shoot the ball well, and when it’s going in, that feels nice.”