Gators Mike Rosario leads Florida to 82-43 victory over Southeastern Louisiana
His tenure with the Florida Gators since arriving as a transfer from Rutgers has sometimes been rocky, but through it all Mike Rosario has never wavered in his belief that when he’s playing his best, he’s pretty good.
Rosario spent the preseason working hard to improve his work ethic and the result was on full display against Southeastern Louisiana Wednesday night.
The fifth-year senior scored 17 of his game-high 20 points in the first half and a season-high six rebounds to lead No. 8 Florida to an 82-43 victory over Southeastern Louisiana (1-8) in front of 8,057 at the O’Connell Center. It was the sixth time this season the Gators held an opponent to fewer than 50 points.
Over the past three games, Rosario is 19-of-31 and has scored 50 points, and said it’s just a byproduct of putting together everything Florida coach Billy Donovan has been emphasizing to him the past two years.
“(It’s) just using what I know I do best, and I can score the ball,’’ Rosario said. “I’ve just been proving that. I’ve been being aggressive on the offensive end I’ve been being aggressive on the defensive end and it’s just creating offense for me as well. And I feel lke my teammates have been getting me involved a lot too. I’ve been doing my best to knock down open shots, and I’ve been knocking them down.”
Donovan said he's pleased with the way Rosario has practiced and played so far this season.
"I think he's conformed,'' Donovan said. "He's much more responsible. He's much more accountable. I feel like I know what I'm getting from him from day-to-day.
Florida (8-1) will play at Kansas State Saturday at 8 p.m. The game can be seen nationally on ESPN2.