Gators defeat LSU 76-64 for 16th straight home victory
Despite shooting just 33 percent from 3-point range, Florida had five players in double figures in a 76-64 victory over LSU Saturday night at the O'Dome.
No. 17 Florida extended its home winning streak to 16 (10 this season).
Since dropping its SEC opener at Tennessee, Florida has won three straight league games.
“I think we’re more focused on a day-to-day basis,’’ said junior forward Erik Murphy who had a team-high 15 points. “We try to come in and get prepared for teams, do what we’ve got to do, make sure we do all the little things it takes to win. And we can do a lot of different things. If somebody’s off, we look for somebody else to fill in. Really anybody on our team can score.’’
Florida trailed 10-4 early, but eventually outscored LSU 26-12 to close the half with a 38-26 lead. At one point down by 16 in the second half, LSU (12-7, 2-3) went on a 10-2 run to pull within 58-50 with 7:45 remaining in the game, but could not get closer. Down the stretch the Gators had no answer for LSU junior center Justin Hamilton who scored 18 of his game-high 27 points in the second half.
“Hamilton was really, really hurting us,’’ Florida coach Billy Donovan said. “But I didn’t mind. The last four minutes we were going to try to double him, but I was so fearful of giving (other players) 3’s, because when you double-team the low post like that with their offense, the ball is going to find itself on the perimeter and give those guys some pretty decent looks. So we lived with him having a huge night.’’
Listen to more from Donovan in his postgame comments.