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Florida Gators fall in SEC opener to Vanderbilt Commodors

Vanderbilt center A.J. Ogilvy eludes Florida’s Dan Werner to score in the second half. Ogilvy scores 16 of his 24 after the break as the Commodores send the Gators to a rare loss in an SEC opener.

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Vanderbilt center A.J. Ogilvy eludes Florida’s Dan Werner to score in the second half. Ogilvy scores 16 of his 24 after the break as the Commodores send the Gators to a rare loss in an SEC opener.

NASHVILLE — A.J. Ogilvy decided to play more aggressively in the second half. With Florida in foul trouble, that proved to be the perfect combination for Vanderbilt.

Ogilvy had 16 of his 24 points in the second half as the Commodores defeated Florida 95-87 Saturday for their sixth straight victory.

Vanderbilt (12-3) wanted to get Ogilvy the ball in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams. The 6-foot-11 junior responded by scoring the first eight of the second half for the Commodores, and he made 10 of 12 free throws.

"Over the years, they've done a good job with their zone of taking him out of the game," Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings said. "We wanted to get the ball down there, and he did better things with it. He ran today and ran the floor."

The Gators (11-4) hadn't lost an SEC opener since 2001 at South Carolina, a streak that included four wins on the road. Florida also went in having won three straight this season and 15 of the past 18 in this series.

But Vanderbilt got the Gators into foul trouble and outscored them 20-8 off turnovers. The Commodores also dominated inside thanks to Ogilvy, outscoring Florida 40-22 in the paint with 12 more trips to the free-throw line.

"Our frontcourt was in foul trouble most of the game," Gators coach Billy Donovan said. "I think we got caught having to play a small lineup in a lot of ways. I thought the difference in the game was their depth in the frontcourt."

Kenny Boynton had a career-high 28 points and Erving Walker a career-best 22 for Florida.

Walker said the Commodores were more physical, and Boynton called it a lack of communication on defense.

"They just capitalized on it. Ogilvy took over in the second half. When they needed points, they scored," Boynton said.

The teams swapped leads 11 times with seven ties before Festus Ezezli's layup with 14:35 left put Vanderbilt ahead to stay 56-55. Chandler Parsons turned it over, and Jermaine Beal hit a jumper.

Vandy 95

Florida 87

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