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Prather, Gators win basketball exhibition

GAINESVILLE — Senior Casey Prather had 23 points, 15 in the second half, and No. 10 Florida beat Division II Florida Southern 110-88 in an exhibition game Friday night.

Senior Patric Young added 19 points, and touted freshman Kasey Hill scored 17. The Gators had just nine players available — only seven on scholarship.

Senior Will Yeguete had 12 points, while Rutgers transfer Eli Carter, DeVon Walker and walk-on Jacob Kurtz finished with 11 each.

Florida was without suspended players Scottie Wilbekin, Dorian Finney-Smith and Damontre Harris, and guard Michael Frazier is out indefinitely with mononucleosis.

more exhibitions: Forward Julius Randle's 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting and 12 rebounds led Kentucky's heralded freshmen class as the No. 1 Wildcats routed visiting Division III Transylvania 76-42. … Freshman Tyler Ennis settled nicely into his role at point guard for host Syracuse, finishing with 12 points and three assists in a 79-41 rout of Division II Holy Family. … Host North Carolina held out P.J. Hairston and Leslie McDonald in an 82-63 win over Division II UNC Pembroke due to NCAA eligibility concerns. The Heels led only 59-53 with nine minutes left.

Arkansas: Forward Ky Madden was suspended for two exhibitions and the season opener for a violation of team rules.

UConn women No. 1

UConn was the unanimous choice atop the Associated Press' preseason women's poll.

The Huskies, who finished last season with their eighth national championship, are the preseason No. 1 for the ninth time. They routed visiting Division II Gannon 101-35 in an exhibition Friday as Breanna Stewart had 21 points and 13 rebounds.

Duke was second, its best ranking since it was No. 1 in the final poll of 2007. The Devils haven't been this highly ranked in the preseason since being No. 1 in 2005.

UCONN'S STAND: Connecticut players are taking a lead role in a national campaign in support of lesbian and bisexual athletes in women's sports. Four players created a video for the Br{ache (pronounced Break) the Silence campaign to say gay athletes are welcome at UConn and that bullying won't be tolerated.

north carolina: Dr. Pete Voorhees, who is overseeing coach Sylvia Hatchell's leukemia treatment, said she is handling therapy very well and doctors are "extremely pleased" so far.

Prather, Gators win basketball exhibition 11/01/13 [Last modified: Friday, November 1, 2013 10:01pm]
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