JACKSONVILLE — Alex Tyus had 20 points and a career-high 14 rebounds to help Florida beat Central Florida 89-61 on Saturday night.
Tyus, who shot 9-of-11 from the field and had seven offensive rebounds, had his first career double double for the Gators (8-2). Nick Calathes had 16 points, tied a career high with 11 assists and tied a season high with four steals.
Freshmen Kenny Kadji added 15 points and Erving Walker 14 for Florida, which improved to 9-0 all time against the Knights (5-4).
The Gators shot 61.8 percent from the floor in the first half and 52.4 percent for the game. Florida took a 52-33 lead into the break and never looked back.
"I thought they really came out awfully sharp and executed their offense very, very well early on in the ball game," UCF coach Kirk Speraw said. "They established things right away. Certainly we were trying to find answers … trying to find energy."
Florida continued to pressure the Knights in the second half, holding UCF to 29 percent shooting and scoring 21 off 16 turnovers.
The Gators dominated inside, outscoring the Knights 42-24 in the paint and hitting 28 second-chance points to UCF's four.
Florida also outrebounded UCF 38-29, 19-6 in the first half. The Knights managed just one offensive rebound in the first half.