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Florida overcomes slow start to beat Navy in Mike White's first game
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Florida overcomes slow start to beat Navy in Mike White's first game

Published Nov. 13, 2015 11:40 p.m. ET

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Florida won its first game under coach Mike White, using a strong defensive effort and a double-double by reserve Devin Robinson to beat Navy 59-41 Friday night.

In their debut under White, the Gators (1-0) overcame an early seven-point deficit to take a 29-19 halftime lead and cruised to the finish.

Robinson, who had 13 points and 10 rebounds, was the only player in the game to score in double figures. Dorian Finney-Smith contributed 12 rebounds, and Kasey Hill had eight points and five assists.

The Gators finished with a 47-33 advantage on the boards against the smaller Midshipmen.

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The contest rounded out the Veterans Classic, a doubleheader in which top-ranked North Carolina beat Temple in the first game.

White was hired after a successful stint at Louisiana Tech. He replaced Billy Donovan, who left for the NBA after a 19-year run in which he won two NCAA titles.

White, who arrived at Florida with a 101-40 career record, inherited a young team with only one senior starter and five freshmen overall.

Scoring might be a problem for these Gators, who managed only one basket in the opening seven minutes while falling behind 9-2.

A 7-0 run tied it, and after a dunk by Robinson made it 13-11, the Gators never relinquished the lead.

The Midshipmen closed to 42-29 with 9:16 remaining, but the Gators used an 11-4 spurt to open a 20-point lead.

DeVon Walker, who missed last season with a torn right ACL, scored two points for Florida in 24 minutes.

Jace Hogan led Navy with eight points.

TIP-INS

Florida: Chris Chiozza made Florida's only 3-pointer in the first half. The Gators finished 3 for 19 beyond the arc.

Navy: The Midshipmen fell to 0-2 in the Veterans Classic. They lost last year to Michigan State 64-59.

UP NEXT:

Florida: The Seminoles host North Carolina A&T on Monday night.

Navy: The Midshipmen welcome the College Of Charleston on Monday night.

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