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Guards lift Florida Gators to 91-55 rout of North Florida

Kenny Boynton is part of a four-guard rotation that helps Florida overcome frontcourt foul trouble.

Associated Press

Kenny Boynton is part of a four-guard rotation that helps Florida overcome frontcourt foul trouble.

GAINESVILLE— With a little more than 24 hours to recover from a loss at Ohio State and an unexpected layover in Ohio on Tuesday, Florida coach Billy Donovan's main concern heading into Thursday night's game against North Florida was whether his team could shake the loss mentally.

His worry was unwarranted.

The No. 7 Gators shot 48.5 percent from the field en route to a 91-55 victory in front of 10,013 at the O'Connell Center.

"As a basketball player, I think actually us playing again right away was good so it doesn't linger with you," said senior guard Erving Walker, who had 17 points, six rebounds and five assists.

"You just want to get right back out there so you can forget about Ohio State. We've played another game now, so that Ohio State feeling is gone."

With forwards Erik Murphy and Cody Larson in foul trouble early, Donovan went to a four-guard rotation of Walker, Mike Rosario, Kenny Boynton and Bradley Beal.

It's the lineup many believe could be the difference-maker for the Gators this season, but Donovan said it's a work in progress.

"I've got to try to do a better job with that because a lot of times with that lineup, (center) Patrick Young was taken out of the offense and we've got to find ways to incorporate him more," Donovan said.

All four guards scored in double figures and had a combined 22 rebounds, led by Beal's 10.

Florida's next game is against Wright State at 7 p.m. Monday at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa (Sun Sports).

7 UF 91

N. Florida 55

Guards lift Florida Gators to 91-55 rout of North Florida 11/17/11 [Last modified: Thursday, November 17, 2011 11:10pm]
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