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Florida Gators hit 14 3-pointers to beat Bradley

GAINESVILLE — It looks as if No. 19 Florida will live and die by its 3-point shooting again this season.

Almost half, 32 of 65, of the Gators' shots Sunday were 3s, and they converted 14 to rout Bradley 81-58 in the second round of the CBE Classic.

"I don't like necessarily that ratio. I'd like for us to find more of a presence in around the basket," coach Billy Donovan said. "Certainly we'd love to be able to take the ball and just throw it up to a guy and let him be able to get us two points and go get fouled. That's not really the makeup of our team."

As in Friday's season opener against Toledo, the Gators started slowly from behind the arc, shooting 6-for-17 in the first half before going 8-for-15 after the break. Florida made its most 3-pointers since it had 13 against North Florida on Nov. 20, 2007.

Walter Hodge and Dan Werner led Florida with 17 points each. Nick Calathes added 13 and Erving Walker 10.

"If (the 3-pointers) are not going in, we have to do different stuff. We have to go inside-out," Hodge said. "In the second half, the guys did a great job of finding the open man and knocking down the shot."

Florida (2-0) was slowed by sloppy play early and had more turnovers than field goals until a Kenny Kadji putback with 8:41 left in the first half. The Gators opened things up behind a 20-7 run to close the half.

Bradley cut the lead to 43-35 behind a 10-1 run right after halftime, but Florida rattled off eight straight to open a 70-49 advantage with 4:44 left.

The Gators host Southern Utah on Thursday before heading to Kansas City, Mo., to face Syracuse in the CBE Classic semifinals on Nov. 24.

No. 19 UF 81

Bradley 58

Florida Gators hit 14 3-pointers to beat Bradley 11/16/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 9:51am]
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