Gators earn 58-40 win over Savannah State
Florida coach Billy Donovan is a firm believer that great teams are capable of winning games in different ways, and so far this season his No. 7 Gators have been living proof of that.
On Tuesday night when its offense wasn’t spectacular, the Gators relied on a grind-it-out, defensive style. Florida held Savannah State to 24 percent shooting in the first half, earning a 58-40 victory in front of 7,323 at the O’Connell Center.
“We’re not always going to shoot the ball great, that’s why coach is always telling us we have to play defense,’’ junior forward Will Yeguete said. “It wasn’t pretty, but we got the win.”
Florida (4-0) entered the game ranked No. 3 nationally in scoring defense and opponent’s field goal percentage. Midway through the first half, Florida had held Savannah State (3-3) to 2-of-13 from the field (15.4 percent) and zero 3-pointers.
Florida led 28-14 at halftime, but allowed Savannah State to close out the half with a 10-4 run. The Gators shot just 30 percent in the first half (8-of-26).
The game hit a solemn note when midway through the second half Florida guard Kenny Boynton went down with a sprained left ankle and did not return. Donovan said he is not expected to miss Friday’s game against UCF. Junior center Patric Young had his second double-double (13 points, 11 rebounds) and a career-high six blocks.