Sunday, May 20, 2018
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No. 13 Florida Gators beat Yale Bulldogs

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Kenny Boynton played like his old self in an old gym.

The senior guard matched his career high with 28 points on 8-for-10 3-point shooting, and No. 13 Florida used a 26-3 run spanning the halves to beat Yale 79-58 Sunday night.

Boynton, a 34 percent 3-point shooter for his career, was 7-of-39 from beyond the arc over his past six games. He was 1-of-2 at halftime against Yale, then made 7 of 9 in the second half.

"It was more of a mind-set than just shooting good to get out of the slump," Boynton said.

Florida coach Billy Donovan had a different way of looking at Boynton's big game.

"I think he did much more in the lane. He found people and made some penetration, and his passes led to other passes that were three assists," he said. "Going by people on the dribble, you have to give him space, and he got some for himself and made things happen and he was able to shoot in rhythm."

Will Yeguete had 14 points and nine rebounds and Mike Rosario added 13 points for the Gators (10-2), whose losses were to No. 3 Arizona and No. 25 Kansas State on the road. UF shot 60 percent from the field (30-of-50), including 9-of-17 on 3-pointers.

"Boynton's' 3s allowed them to continue their lead," Yale coach James Jones said. "We did a poor job of locating him too many times."

The Bulldogs (5-11), who have lost four of five, hung around for most of the first half, getting to 21-20 with 5:27 left in the half. Then came the run, after which it was just a question of how large a margin of victory it would be.

Florida's 14-3 run to close the half made it 35-23, its largest lead until then. Yale missed six of seven shots in the run and had two turnovers.

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