Parsons comes up big in win over Georgia
After a week dedicated to nothing but trying to break out of a miserable shooting slump, freshman guard Chandler Parsons had his best effort since the SEC season began, scoring a team-high 18 points in the Gators' 77-67 victory over Georgia Saturday afternoon in the O'Connell Center.
After going 1-for-9 in the last five games, Parsons spent the week working on his shot, sometimes staying in the gym until 2 a.m.
"These last couple games it's been real aggravating not making a shot,'' he said. "I figured out ways to contribute to the team when my shot's not falling but it's always a good thing when it's falling. My shot hasn't been falling lately, but I've been coming in late and early and getting in extra work. I actually came in this morning with coach (Lewis) Preston and I got some shots up. Went 70 for 100, so I felt good coming in to the game tonight.''
Florida (19-5, 6-3 SEC) rebounded after losing its last two games to Arkansas and Tennessee by 19 and 22 points respectively.
“No matter who you are, you get tired of losing and the way we lost made it even worse,’’ said freshman guard Jai Lucas, who had 13 points. “We really just did whatever it took to win. And being at home helped us a lot.''
Sophomore forward Dan Werner had a career-high seven steals, which also tied an O'Connell Center record.
“We needed this one, especially after the last two games,’’ Werner said. “We’re not going to be the biggest or the most athletic team, so we have to play good defense. Guys have got to make a decision whether we want to guard or not. That's the only way we can win is to guard. I think we're starting to figure it out. We have a long way to go but slowly but surely we're starting to figure out we have to guard if we want to win.’’