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Florida Gators rout Florida Gulf Coast after Calathes is disciplined

The Gators’ Nick Calathes scores over Florida Gulf Coast’s Derrick O’Neil after sitting out the first 4:19. UF coach Billy Donovan says that Calathes was disciplined for not preparing well enough and that some backups also were unprepared.

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The Gators’ Nick Calathes scores over Florida Gulf Coast’s Derrick O’Neil after sitting out the first 4:19. UF coach Billy Donovan says that Calathes was disciplined for not preparing well enough and that some backups also were unprepared.

GAINESVILLE — The last time Nick Calathes started a game on the bench he was 7 and playing on his older brother's 10-and-under Amateur Athletic Union team.

His streak of 44 straight starts for UF ended Wednesday against Florida Gulf Coast.

Calathes "failed to meet a level of preparedness" leading up to the game, coach Billy Donovan said, and sat out the first 4:19 of UF's 94-60 victory.

Calathes struggled with the move, then had one of the best halves of his career. He finished with seven points, nine assists, four rebounds and no turnovers.

"I came out like I was shell-shocked," Calathes said. "I played a lot better in the second half, and our team played a lot better. I let not starting get in my head."

Donovan refused to say what Calathes failed to do, and he added that some backups also were not ready.

"We want to get off to a good start and we haven't gotten off to some good starts," Donovan said. "If Nick goes into practice these next 10 days and works hard and does what he's been doing his whole entire career here, he'll be back in the starting lineup."

The Eagles (2-6) led 28-27 late in the first half. But Florida (7-2) pounded the ball inside using its height advantage and pulled away after the break.

The Gators face UCF on Dec. 20 in Jacksonville.

NO. 5 OKLAHOMA 78, MAINE 52: Blake Griffin had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the host Sooners (9-0), off to their best start since 10-0 in the 2003-04 season. Griffin shot 11-for-13 in his seventh double double.

No. 10 Xavier 78, Ohio 56: Point guard Terrell Holloway returned after missing two games because of a stress fracture in his foot and helped the host Musketeers (8-0) match the second-best start in their history. The 1992-93 team also was 8-0. The 1996-97 team was 10-0.

SYRACUSE: A university judicial hearing board ruled that starting guard Eric Devendorf violated the Student Code of Conduct after reportedly hitting a female student in the face, and it recommended he be suspended for the remainder of the academic year.

Women: Gators roll

GAINESVILLE — Lonnika Thompson scored 13, Marshae Dotson added 10 and No. 23 Florida beat Coppin State 75-34.

The Gators (9-1) won their ninth straight, using a 20-2 run to take a 44-17 lead at halftime.

Michigan 63, No. 8 Notre Dame 59, OT: Stephany Skrba scored four of her 20 in overtime for the host Wolverines. Michigan's Jessica Minnfield made a layup with four seconds left in regulation to tie it.

No. 12 L'ville 70, Hartford 42: Angel McCoughtry had 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals for the host Cardinals.

Valpo 71, No. 21 Purdue 60: Agnieszka Kulaga scored 17 and Aimee Litka hit a 3-pointer that started a 19-5 run to end the game for host Valparaiso.

Florida Gators rout Florida Gulf Coast after Calathes is disciplined 12/10/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 11:49am]
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