Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. St. Petersburg's Sebastien Bourdais vows to return for IndyCar finale

    Auto racing

    INDIANAPOLIS — Sebastien Bourdais was in one of the best race cars he'd ever had, so fast that most of his competitors thought he would win the pole for the Indianapolis 500.

    Sebastien Bourdais does physical therapy at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana in Indianapolis. Bourdais broke his pelvis, hip and two ribs in an accident during qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 on May 20. He plans to return home to St. Petersburg soon to continue therapy. [Associated Press]
  2. Yellow cards stall Rowdies offense in tie with St. Louis


    ST. PETERSBURG — It's not the result they wanted, but it certainly could have been worse. Neill Collins' 87th-minute header off a corner kick was the reward the Rowdies settled for Saturday night during a 1-1 draw with St. Louis before an announced 6,068 at Al Lang Stadium.

  3. Calvary Christian routs Pensacola Catholic to win state baseball title


    FORT MYERS — Calvary Christian left no doubt as to which baseball team in Class 4A was the best in Florida this season. The Warriors defeated Pensacola Catholic 11-1 in six innings Saturday night at Hammond Stadium to claim the school's first state championship in any team sport. It also solidified a 30-0 season. …

    Matheu Nelson celebrates after scoring on a wild pitch during the first inning, when Calvary Christian took a 6-0 lead.
  4. Numerous lapses add up to frustrating Rays loss to Twins

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — While the Rays made some good defensive plays, threw a couple of big pitches when they needed to and got a few, and just a few, key hits, there were some obvious things they did wrong that led to them losing Saturday's game to the Twins 5-3:

    Rays reliever Tommy Hunter says the Twins’ tiebreaking homer came on a pitch that was “close to where I wanted it.”
  5. Rays journal: Steven Souza Jr. laughing right along after comical dive

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — Souza being Souza.

    That seemed to be the best way to describe the entertaining — and comically bad — dive Rays RF Steven Souza Jr. attempted in Friday's game, and the good humor he showed in handling the fallout, including a standing ovation his next at-bat from the …