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Murphy fills in for ill Macklin as Florida Gators rout Presbyterian

Alex Tyus, who had 16 points and 13 rebounds, gets free during Florida’s dominating victory over Presbyterian.

ERICA BROUGH | Gainesville Sun

Alex Tyus, who had 16 points and 13 rebounds, gets free during Florida’s dominating victory over Presbyterian.

GAINESVILLE — Vernon Macklin became the latest Florida player to succumb to health problems Wednesday night, but freshman Erik Murphy filled the void pretty well.

Murphy recorded his first double double with career highs of 16 points and 11 rebounds off the bench as Florida dominated Presbyterian 79-38. Chandler Parsons scored 21, and Alex Tyus had 16 points and 13 rebounds.

Macklin, the starting center, sat out the final 16 minutes with stomach cramps. Kenny Kadji (back) and Ray Shipman (knee) were out for Florida.

"I was pretty pleased with our guys because we were a little bit more depleted," coach Billy Donovan said. "Vernon was just not feeling well. I thought we got great minutes from Murphy."

Florida (10-3) took a 13-1 lead and led by more than 30 for most of the second half. Parsons' all-around game as the sixth man included two 3-pointers and three dunks.

Florida plays at North Carolina State on Sunday before the SEC season starts.

"We had a lot of things we needed to work on," Parsons said. "We had a lot of different guys in there playing minutes. It gave us a chance to work on our defensive habits, execute on offense, timing, everything."

Murphy has battled a shoulder injury most of the season and spent the holiday break getting back up to speed in practice. He had six offensive rebounds and showed good touch on reverse layups.

"The thing I like most about him is he's got great hands," Donovan said. "He grabs loose balls, rebounds, keeps it high around his head. He's got a good touch around the basket. He's got a really, really bright future."

Florida 79

Presb. 38

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