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Gators overwhelm Richmond on boards

GAINESVILLE — Dorian Finney-Smith knew it was coming.

As he trudged to the bench with three minutes left, he got an earful from teammates. They razzed him about missing two free throws that would have made Florida's latest victory a little more memorable.

"They were like, 'Come on, dog, you had it at the line,' " Finney-Smith said. "It happens."

John Egbunu and Devin Robinson notched double doubles, and Finney-Smith fell just short of joining them as the Gators beat Richmond 76-56 on Tuesday night.

Florida (6-1) dominated on the backboards and in the paint, and it showed in the box score. Egbunu had 17 points and 14 rebounds. Robinson added 12 points and 13 boards.

Finney-Smith had a chance to give the Gators three players with double doubles for the first time in a decade, but he missed two free throws with 4:26 left and finished with nine points, 13 rebounds and seven assists. It would have been the first time since 2005 that Florida accomplished the feat. Corey Brewer, Al Horford and Joakim Noah each notched double doubles against Jacksonville that Dec. 18.

Florida settled for having two players with double doubles for the first time since 2010. Vernon Macklin and Alex Tyus did that against Jacksonville.

"I hadn't been a part of a team like this that's as talented on the glass as we are," Gators coach Mike White said. "We showed signs of that" Tuesday night.

The Gators led start to finish in this one. They used an 8-0 run midway through the first half to take a 15-point lead and never looked back. They were up 40-17 at the break.

NO. 4 KANSAS 94, LOYOLA (MD.) 61: Wayne Selden Jr. scored 18, Perry Ellis added 15 and the host Jayhawks (5-1) used a big second-half run to romp in Cheick Diallo's much-anticipated debut. Diallo, a five-star prospect from Mali, was the subject of an exhaustive NCAA investigation into his eligibility. He was approved to begin playing this week and had three highlight-worthy dunks, finishing with 13 points, six rebounds and three blocks in 16 minutes.

NO. 5 IOWA ST. 84, NORTH DAKOTA ST. 64: Abdel Nader scored 21, Jameel McKay had 15 to go with a career-high 19 rebounds and the Cyclones (6-0) overcame a sluggish outing to post their fifth straight double-digit win and 30th straight non-conference victory at home.

NO. 8 VILLANOVA 86, ST. JOSEPH'S 72: Kris Jenkins and Josh Hart scored 18 each for the visiting Wildcats (7-0), who made 11 3-pointers and won their fourth in a row against the Hawks in the Philadelphia Big Five series. DeAndre Bembry scored 17 and Isaiah Miles 14 for St. Joseph's. Villanova sank eight 3-pointers in the first half and finished 11-for-31 from behind the arc.

NO. 10 VIRGINIA 64, OHIO ST. 58: Malcolm Brodgon scored 22, his third straight game with at least 20 points, to lead the visiting Cavaliers (6-1) to their fifth straight win. It was the first time in the streak they did not score at least 80. The Buckeyes lost their fourth in a row. Marc Loving had 19 points for Ohio State and Keita Bates-Diop added 15, including a 3-pointer to pull the Buckeyes within 61-58 before Brogdon hit two free throws.

NO. 11 PURDUE 72, PITT 59: A.J. Hammons scored a season-high 24 off the bench and Ryan Cline made four 3-pointers in the second half for the visiting Boilermakers (7-0), who overcame foul trouble that limited center Isaac Haas to six points and two rebounds.

NO. 19 ARIZONA: Center Kaleb Tarczewski will be out for 4-6 weeks with a stress reaction and strained muscle in his left foot. Tarczewski was injured at the Wooden Legacy against Santa Clara on Thursday.

TENNESSEE: Guard Robert Hubbs won't practice this week after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. The school said in a news release that Hubbs had it done "to address chronic swelling issues that have been present since the preseason."


UF 72, S. ALABAMA 60: Carlie Needles had 15 points, Ronni Williams 14 points and 11 rebounds and Dyandria Anderson 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the visiting Gators (6-1), who recovered from a sluggish first half and gave coach Amanda Butler her 199th career victory.


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