Gators earn 84-59 victory over Rhode Island
Florida senior forward Chandler Parsons scored a team-high 18 points and added 12 rebounds and five assists to lead the Gators to an 84-59 victory over Rhode Island at the O’Connell Center Monday night.
Parsons broke out of a shooting slump in which he had failed to score at least 10 points in seven of the past eight games.
“I’m going to just continue to shoot the ball, play my game, keep playing aggressive and trying to help my team out in any way I can,’’ Parsons said. “If I hit shots, it’s great, but I’m worried about the other things – playing defense, rebounding, making my teammates better.’’
In what UF junior guard Erving Walker called the Gators’ (11-3) most complete all-around game of the season, Florida took a one-point lead near the midpoint of the first half and never trailed again. Florida led 38-24 at halftime.
Leading 13-12 with just under 12 minutes remaining in the first half, Florida went on a 22-2 run to take a 35-14 lead with 4:18 remaining.
Rhode Island (9-5) shot 34 percent from the field in the first half and with just under five minutes remaining was 0-for-9 from 3-point range. The Rams shot 37.5 percent from the field in the game, 4-of-23 from beyond the arc. Florida outrebounded Rhode Island 49-31, having now outrebounded its opponents 13 out of 14 games.
“I thought we played a pretty complete game,’’ Florida coach Billy Donovan said. “We defended really well. The difference in the game tonight was the rebounding margin and the way we defended the 3-point line.’’