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No. 10 Florida Gators earn 84-35 victory over Alabama State



After having its original season-opener shortened due to unsafe playing conditions on the USS Bataan this past Friday, No. 10 Florida opened its season Sunday afternoon with an 84-35 victory over Alabama State.

The Gators held the Hornets to nine first half points (2-of-25 from the field), and the 35 points were the lowest scored by a Florida opponent in a season-opener since Stetson scored 46 in 2009.

“I think it kind of speaks for itself, but we brought a bunch of freshmen in here (seven) to play the No. 10 team in the country,’’ ASU coach Lewis Jackson said. “We knew it was going to be a battle for us." 

The Gators never trailed and led 47-9 at the half. With junior guard Scottie Wilbekin suspended, senior Kenny Boynton took over the primary point guard role, scoring a team-high 22 points in 23 minutes, with five assists and zero turnovers.

“I felt good at the point,’’ Boynton said. “I just wanted to let it come to me and not turn the ball over.”

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[Last modified: Sunday, November 11, 2012 7:33pm]


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