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Nick Calathes' triple double helps Florida Gators rout Georgia in basketball

Nick Calathes, driving on Corey Butler, had his second career triple double.

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Nick Calathes, driving on Corey Butler, had his second career triple double.

GAINESVILLE — In a game that became so lopsided it produced all kinds of highlight plays, Nick Calathes found a way to stand out once again.

The sophomore guard had 20 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists to lead Florida to an 83-57 win over Georgia and earn the second triple double of his Gator career — only the third in school history.

Corey Brewer did it against Jacksonville in 2005.

"It's a huge accomplishment," Calathes said. "I'm proud of doing it, but honestly I would take a 26-point win in SEC play any day because our main goal is to win an SEC championship. I share it with my teammates. I couldn't have done it without them."

Calathes secured his place in the record books with a lob pass to Chandler Parsons, who hit a layup with 4:40 left.

"It says how much of an all-around player he is," said Parsons, who had 12 points and four rebounds. "He has a knack for the ball. The kid can't jump over a newspaper, but look at him rebound. He obviously can score. He's really just an all-around player."

Florida, which is 12-0 at home this season, extended its win streak over the Bulldogs to 11 games.

The Gators (18-3, 5-1) led 42-30 at halftime despite allowing the score to remain closer far longer than they might have expected considering Georgia's struggles this season.

Florida led by nine midway through the first half before an 8-0 run pulled Georgia to within one. But with starting guard Terrance Woodbury nursing ankle injuries and only one other double-figure scorer, the Bulldogs faltered down the final first-half stretch. Leading 22-21 with 5:02 left in the half, Florida outscored Georgia 20-9 over the next 4:46.

Any hope of a comeback ended quickly for Georgia in the second half, after Florida opened with a 12-2 run.

Florida coach Billy Donovan said Calathes' accomplishment should be viewed in the context of the entire team.

"Anytime a guy gets a triple double, it's always because of the people around him," Donovan said. "He's unselfish, he can score. But if he didn't have good players around him, he couldn't get assists and rebounds."

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Florida 83

Georgia 57

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