Gators earn 82-64 win over Florida State
Florida went on a 15-2 run early in the second half, then eventually went on to an 82-64 win over Florida State Thursday night in Gainesville.
It was the third consecutive victory for Florida over FSU, and the first time since 2005 that the Gators have scored more than 70 points against the Seminoles.
The No. 11 Gators have won 12 consecutive games at home, dating back to last season.
Five Gators scored in double figures led by freshman guard Bradley Beal (21), center Patric Young (15) guard Kenny Boynton (14), forward Erik Murphy (12) and guard Erving Walker (11).
The Gators hit 10 three-pointers, and have now made 10 or more 3-point baskets in 10 of 12 games this season. Florida leads the nation in 3-pointers made.
Young’s leaping left-handed block of an apparent easy layup by Florida State’s Bernard James, then his subsequent slam on the other end of the floor fueled the second half run.
Beal had eight of the 15 points during that run. He finished with a game-high 21 points and six rebounds.
“We’re known for playing offense and Florida State’s a great defensive team, but he (Billy Donovan) said at the same time we have to prove to them we can play defense as well,’’ Beal said. “We wanted to come out and force turnovers and we did that.’’
FSU had 19 turnovers that led to 25 Florida points.
“We lost to a very good team, a Florida team that is probably the best team, at least the most difficult team for us to beat since I’ve been at Florida State,’’ FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. “They play so well together, they execute their system almost to perfection and there is very little room for error. . . . It’s very difficult to compete at the level that it takes to be successful against a team of this caliber when you’re not at your best. I thought they were a lot more physical than we were.’’
Young talks more about the victory here: