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Boynton breaks out for UF

Florida’s Kenny Boynton scores two of his 15 as Curtis Kelly defends. UF rallied from a 20-8 deficit, overcoming 18 turnovers.

Associated Press

Florida’s Kenny Boynton scores two of his 15 as Curtis Kelly defends. UF rallied from a 20-8 deficit, overcoming 18 turnovers.

SUNRISE — Kenny Boynton rediscovered his shooting touch for Florida, while the Kansas State Wildcats misplaced theirs.

Boynton shook a slump with 15 points Saturday and the Gators held No. 6 Kansas State to 27 percent shooting for a 57-44 victory in the one-day Orange Bowl Classic.

In two previous games, the shooting guard was 3-of-21.

"To get the shots to fall, it felt good," he said.

The Wildcats went 1-of-20 during one stretch, and their point total was their lowest in Frank Martin's five seasons as coach.

It was the first time Florida (8-2) held a ranked team under 50 points since a 59-46 victory over No. 4 Tennessee on Jan. 20, 1968.

After the Gators fell behind 20-8, they outscored Kansas State (9-2) 42-13. Boynton shot 6-of-12 and was voted the game's most valuable player.

"It's a great win," Gators coach Billy Donovan said. "That's a team everybody has a lot of respect for. But it's only one win."

Kansas State made only one basket during a span of 18 minutes midway through the game, as Florida rallied for a 36-27 lead. Three consecutive baskets by Boynton — two of them 3-pointers — made it 50-33 with six minutes left.

"It was certainly good to see Kenny Boynton do what he did in the second half," Donovan said. "He opened up the game."

Erving Walker scored 13 for the Gators, who tied a season high with 18 turnovers.

"All season we've had problems coming out in the second half with intensity," Boynton said. "We just wanted to come out and build our lead."

"In the second half, we played like the team we should be playing like the whole year," UF forward Chandler Parsons said.

Florida 57

No. 6 K-State 44

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