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Florida Gators basketball team bounces back from tough loss by routing Vanderbilt

Chandler Parsons, trying to get around Jeffery Taylor, left, and Darshawn McClellan, had seven 3s and a career-high 27 points.

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Chandler Parsons, trying to get around Jeffery Taylor, left, and Darshawn McClellan, had seven 3s and a career-high 27 points.

NASHVILLE — Billy Donovan can only hope that the rest of his 24th-ranked Florida Gators are as resilient as Chandler Parsons.

The sophomore went from missing a free throw that allowed South Carolina to win on a buzzer-beater Wednesday night to scoring a career-high 27 as Florida routed Vanderbilt 94-69 on Sunday. Parsons hit seven 3-pointers, including his first five.

Donovan said that missed free throw with 3.3 seconds left at South Carolina had Parsons crying in the locker room.

"You talk about an emotional roller-coaster for a kid from Wednesday to Sunday; what he's been through, it's a lot. How does he move forward from this, and we'll see how he handles it," Donovan said. "I was proud of our team the way we came out."

Florida (17-3, 4-1 SEC) won for the 11th time in 12 games. The Gators more than bounced back from the loss to the Gamecocks by hitting a season-best 15 3-pointers, with Parsons hitting 7 of 8. He said he was fortunate to hit some open shots and thanked his teammates for finding him in the right place at the right time.

"That was definitely motivation for us," Parsons said of the South Carolina loss. "We knew it would be tough coming here. We knew that we had to come back today more focused and play very aggressive. I think we did a good job of doing that."

Vanderbilt (12-7, 1-4) lost its third straight and fourth in five games after failing to hold on to a six-point margin in the opening minutes. The Commodores lost their second straight home game for the first time since 2006.

"We got it handed to us," Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings said. "We did not guard well and they seemed to get any shot they wanted to."

Erving Walker scored a career-high 17 for Florida. George Drake led Vandy with 14 points off the bench. Preseason All-SEC center A.J. Ogilvy, who has plantar fasciitis in his right foot, finished with four points and played only one minute in the second half.

No. 24 Florida 94

Vanderbilt 69

Florida Gators basketball team bounces back from tough loss by routing Vanderbilt 01/25/09 [Last modified: Sunday, January 25, 2009 10:44pm]
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