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Hurting Kasey Hill helps Florida beat Albany

Florida guard Kasey Hill blocks a shot by Albany guard DJ Evans. Hill was in doubt for the game because of a sore toe.


Florida guard Kasey Hill blocks a shot by Albany guard DJ Evans. Hill was in doubt for the game because of a sore toe.

ORLANDO — Florida PG Kasey Hill's injured toe didn't hamper his performance Thursday. Hill practiced Wednesday, but his status was questionable leading into the game.

"It was kind of a weird thing," coach Billy Donovan said. "Someone kind of stepped on the back of his foot and his toe kind of, went into the floor, and I had to pull him out of practice.

"The trainer didn't think it was anything, and I think the more they looked at him they thought it was a turf toe and that those things could take some time to heal, and we probably didn't know coming out of practice if he would play.

"I think (Thursday) morning he felt, they taped him up, they gave some support, he felt good, he went through shootaround. He was moving well. I don't know how much pain he was in. He never really said anything to me about it. I didn't know what I would get out of him, but I thought we got some very, very good minutes from him.''

Hill, whose backup role is important in giving Scottie Wilbekin rest, had 10 points in 17 minutes of play, which included a key run to help the Gators take control of the game.

"I knew I was going to be able to play," he said. "I just left it up all to Duke (Werner, the UF trainer), and he got me ready for the game. He did a nice tape job on my toe."

ELITE COMPANY: With Thursday's win, UF's senior class of Wilbekin, Casey Prather, Will Yeguete and Patric Young recorded its 117th victory, matching the most for any UF senior class (one-man senior class Walter Hodge, 117, 2009).

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