Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

No. 14 Florida Gators beat Air Force 78-61

Kenny Boynton, defended by Mike Fitzgerald, hits 3 of 7 3-pointers after making 4 of 32 in his previous five games.

Getty Images

Kenny Boynton, defended by Mike Fitzgerald, hits 3 of 7 3-pointers after making 4 of 32 in his previous five games.

SUNRISE — Reviewing recent games and watching shot after shot clank off the rim, Kenny Boynton decided to wait until he was open before trying to shake his slump.

With that, the ball started falling. Boynton made three 3-pointers in the second half, when No. 14 Florida pulled away to beat Air Force 78-61 on Saturday in the second game of the Orange Bowl Basketball Classic.

Boynton had hit 4 of 32 3-pointers over the previous five games, and coach Billy Donovan advised a change in his approach.

"I spent a lot of time watching film with Coach Donovan on the shots I've been taking," Boynton said. "I just tried to take open ones. That's what I tried in the second half."

The senior who grew up in nearby Pompano Beach made three 3s within 8 minutes to break it open. It was likely Boynton's final college game in his native South Florida, and 20 relatives and friends cheered him on.

"I felt good, coming out and playing an all-around good game," he said.

The Gators (9-2) used superior size and smothering defense to grind down the Falcons, who shot 48 percent in the first half then 33 percent in the second.

"A very good Florida team, and we knew that coming in," Air Force coach Dave Pilipovich said. "We got a little worn down in the second half, and that was because of our physical stature compared to theirs."

The Gators scored 38 in the paint and had a 36-25 advantage in rebounds. Air Force (8-3) fell to 2-77 against ranked teams.

Boynton, who ranks third in career 3-pointers made at Florida with 282, went 3-of-7 from long range and scored 14.

"It was good to see the ball go in," Donovan said. "This is not the first time he has gone through something like this. I've always told him when he's having a tough time shooting, the biggest thing he can do is take good available shots. When he makes a couple, then he can start taking a little more difficult shots, because he's in that rhythm."

Florida's Erik Murphy had 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists, missing two shots in 29 minutes. He was chosen the game's MVP.

"(Saturday) was really a complete game for him," Donovan said. "He scored in a lot of different ways."

The Falcons matched the second-best start in school history through 10 games but hadn't faced a team of Florida's caliber. Air Force's Michael Lyons was held to 11 points, nine below his average, and shot 3-of-14.

No. 14 Florida Gators beat Air Force 78-61 12/29/12 [Last modified: Saturday, December 29, 2012 10:44pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Pro Bowl returning to Orlando in 2018

    Bucs

    ORLANDO — The Pro Bowl will return to Orlando in 2018 for the second straight year.

    Bucs  wide receiver Mike Evans runs a route as Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. defends during the first quarter of the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl in January at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  2. For starters: Rays looking for runs and a win

    Blogs
    Erasmo Ramirez makes his third start of the season.
  3. If Tony Dungy sticks around, he'll broadcast the 2021 Tampa Super Bowl for NBC

    Bucs

    Lost in the Super Tuesday news of the Super Bowl coming back to Tampa was this nugget:

    Pictured, from left, Dan Patrick, co-Host, Tony Dungy, studio analyst, Aaron Rodgers. [Ben Cohen/NBC]
  4. Tragedy, tenacity helped shape Ridgewood valedictorian Johannah Cummines

    Volleyball Preps

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Even if her daily routine didn't permit calories to melt off, Johannah Cummines would deserve to pick anything on the menu.

    Ridgewood High senior Johannah Cummines and mom Chenell. Cummines is headed to Florida Atlantic, where she will play beach volleyball. (Photo courtesy of Johannah Cummines)
  5. Bucs Roberto Aguayo kicks off 2017 on the wrong foot

    Blogs

    The goal posts still seem to be moving for Roberto Aguayo.

    The Bucs woebegone place-kicker, who is in a battle with veteran Nick Folk, went 1-for-4 in field goal tries from 35-40 yards Tuesday on a set of narrow uprights, the first day of full squad Organized Team Activities.

    If that weren’t …

    Roberto Aguayo went 1-for-4 in field goal tries from 35-40 yards Tuesday on a set of narrow uprights.