Monday, February 19, 2018
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Basketball: No. 6 Florida Gators rout Florida State Seminoles

TALLAHASSEE — Florida's guards made the difference — a big one — in an easy win over archrival Florida State on Wednesday night.

Kenny Boynton and Mike Rosario scored 14 each as the No. 6 Gators romped to a 72-47 victory over the defending ACC Tournament champs before 10,593 at the Tucker Center.

Freshman Michael Frazier of Tampa had 12 points, Scottie Wilbekin had five assists and five steals, and 6-foot-9 Patric Young finished with 10 points and eight rebounds for the Gators.

"Hopefully what our guys are able to see is that our sum — our total — is maybe bigger than one or two individuals," UF coach Billy Donovan said. "That's a good sign of a team."

No one was more impressed with Florida's performance than FSU coach Leonard Hamilton.

"We ran into one of the better teams that we've played since I've been at Florida State," said Hamilton, who is in his 11th season at the school. "They've found the magic level They understand who they are and what their strengths and weaknesses are, and they're just executing until they find the mistake that you're going to make and they make you pay."

Time and again it turned out.

It took the Gators just five minutes to take a 12-2 lead, and the rout was on.

"We took care of business in the first four minutes, and that's what really determined the game," said Boynton, whose layup with 8:57 left gave Florida its largest lead, 62-25. "We didn't want to slow the game down. We could have beat them by more."

Florida (7-0), which has held five teams below 50 points this season and is winning by an average of more than 25 points, won its fourth straight over the Seminoles (4-4), who have lost three straight at home after their most lopsided defeat to the Gators since a 96-61 loss in 1999.

"They were struggling switching pick and rolls with their bigger guys," Young said.

Michael Snaer led FSU with 10 points, all in the second half. It was the second straight game that he started slowly; he failed to even take a shot in the first half of Sunday's loss to Mercer.

"When your system is not in synch, it's difficult for any of the guys to execute," Hamilton said after the most lopsided loss in the UF-FSU series in games played in the state capital. "I think he'll be fine."

Snaer's first field goal came with his team down by 37 and many of the Seminole fans already headed home.

Florida, which went into the game ranked second nationally in scoring defense, had the Seminoles baffled from the outset, forcing 13 turnovers in the first half and outrebounding them 21-11. FSU shot 25 percent in the opening half and managed three points over the final 8:54.

"Late in the game I turned to my assistants and I said 'Can we really be this bad?' " Hamilton said.

IN THE HOUSE: Huntington (W. Va.) Prep's Andrew Wiggins, rated by Rivals and ESPN as the nation's No. 1 recruit, was in attendance. The 6-foot-7, 205-pound forward was making his official visit to FSU with a pair of former Seminole greats: father Mitchell Wiggins, a former NBA first-round pick, and mother Marita Payne-Wiggins, a two-time Olympic track medalist. The 17-year-old reportedly is choosing among FSU, Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, Syracuse and Ohio State.

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