George scores 18 as Florida beats No. 21 FSU 72-58

Jennifer George scored 18 points, Jaterra Bonds and Jordan Jones

added 14 apiece and Florida beat No. 21 Florida State 72-58

Thursday.

The Gators (2-1) defeated their in-state rival for just the

third time in the last nine meetings. The Seminoles (2-2) lost

consecutive games to Southeastern Conference teams and likely will

drop from the rankings for the first time since January 2009. FSU

lost to Arkansas over the weekend.

Florida closed the first half on a 14-4 run, turning a close

game into a double-digit affair. FSU trimmed the lead to 49-41 with

about 15 minutes to play, but the Gators pulled steadily pulled

away down the stretch.

George was key, making 9 of 11 shots from the field.

Cierra Bravard led the Seminoles with 22 points, her 25th

consecutive game in double figures. She fouled out with 3:48

remaining, and without their best player, the Seminoles couldn’t

mount a comeback.