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Balanced Gators win home opener

UPset: Patricio Garino celebrates a basket during GW’s win over No. 6 Virginia.

Associated Press

UPset: Patricio Garino celebrates a basket during GW’s win over No. 6 Virginia.

GAINESVILLE — Devin Robinson and DeVon Walker scored 15 each, leading six Florida players in double figures, and the Gators beat North Carolina A&T 104-54 on Monday night.

Dorian Finney-Smith added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Gators (2-0), who won their 25th straight home opener.

It was the first game in the O'Connell Center for Mike White, who replaced longtime coach Billy Donovan in May.

"I think (Monday) was good just for our self-esteem, our swagger," forward Schuyler Rimmer said. "We got some shots in the basket. That's only going to be good for us going forward."

White's team looked considerably more comfortable in its second game of the season. The Gators had 19 turnovers in their season opener at Navy but finished with 13 against the overmatched Aggies (0-2).

John Egbunu (13), Chris Chiozza (11) and Brandone Francis-Ramirez (10) also reached double figures for Florida.

Bruce Beckford led North Carolina A&T with 16 points, and Sam Hunt added 13.

The Gators dominated every aspect of the matchup, shooting 53.6 percent from the field, hitting 15 of 29 3-pointers and outrebounding the Aggies 51-27.

The only question was what the final margin would be. It ended up being the 15th 50-point win in program history. The last one came in 2011, also against North Carolina A&T.

UM 93, LA.-LAFAYETTE 77: Davon Reed scored 19 for the host Hurricanes (2-0), who were never threatened after they stretched a one-point lead with a 15-4 run during a 5:17 span midway through the first half.

GW 73, NO. 6 UVA 68: Patricio Garino and Tyler Cavanaugh scored 18 each, and the host Colonials pulled away late to stun the Cavaliers (1-1). George Washington took control with a 10-0 run that began with Garino's three-point play for a 57-55 lead with 8:06 left. Malcolm Brogdon, who had 28 points and eight rebounds for Virginia, missed a 3 with 10 seconds left.

NO. 7 IOWA ST. 106, CHICAGO ST. 64: Jameel McKay scored a career-high 25 and added 11 rebounds, and the Cyclones (2-0) rolled in coach Steve Prohm's home debut. Iowa State won its 18th consecutive opener at Hilton Coliseum.

NO. 12 ARIZONA 90, BRADLEY 60: Allonzo Trier scored 22 and made all of his 14 free throws to bounce back from a shaky-shooting debut, helping the host Wildcats (2-0) pull away.

NO. 14 INDIANA 102, AUSTIN PEAY 76: Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell had 22 points and James Blackmon Jr. added 20, and the host Hoosiers made 15 straight shots during a 12:14 stretch of the second half to open with two wins for the ninth straight season.

NO. 17 VANDY 98, GARDNER-WEBB 62: Jeff Roberson tied his career high with 18 points and added eight rebounds as the host Commodores (2-0) romped.

NO. 23 LSU 91, KENNESAW ST. 69: Ben Simmons scored 22 to lead four players in double figures for the host Tigers (2-0) in the opening game of the Legends Classic.

NO. 24 MICHIGAN 88, ELON 68: Duncan Robinson made all six of his field goals, including five 3-pointers, and both his free throws to score 19 for the host Wolverines (2-0).

OBITUARY: Norm Ellenberger, the foot-stomping sideline showman who coached New Mexico to two Western Athletic Conference basketball titles in the 1970s, died Saturday night in his sleep at his cabin in Watersmeet, Mich. He was 83.

AP POLL: North Carolina is ranked No. 1 for the 113th time, tying Kentucky for third place on the all-time list. Oregon moved in at No. 25, and Wisconsin fell out.

Women

UF 82, NO. 6 FSU 72: Ronnie Williams scored 21, Simone Westbrook added 14 and the host Gators (1-1) overcame a 15-point deficit to beat the Seminoles for the fourth time in the past 13 tries and spoil Florida State's season opener. "We're learning how to play with a target on our back," FSU coach Sue Semrau said. "We didn't do a very good job (Monday). I think our leadership will step up. We're not where we need to be yet."

NO. 1 UCONN 100, NO. 7 OHIO ST. 56: Breanna Stewart scored 24 and Moriah Jefferson added 21 to for the visiting Huskies, who opened their season in style with a suffocating second quarter in which they outscored the Buckeyes (0-2) 26-9.

NO. 5 BAYLOR 97, SO. MISS. 42: Alexis Prince scored 16 and Niya Johnson 15 to lead six players in double figures for the host Bears (2-0) in the preseason WNIT. Baylor missed its first seven shots and was down by five late in the first quarter before taking over en route to its 154th straight home win over an unranked foe.

N. TEXAS 61, NO. 17 OKLA. 57: Terra Ellison scored 15, and Kelsey Criner broke a tie at 57 with a layup with 30 seconds left as the Mean Green upset the Sooners (1-1).

AP POLL: USF moved up one spot to No. 19. No. 21 Cal entered the poll, and North Carolina dropped out. UConn remained No. 1.

Balanced Gators win home opener 11/16/15 [Last modified: Monday, November 16, 2015 11:21pm]
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