Make us your home page

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

(View our Privacy Policy)

Murphy in doubt for UF

Florida senior forward Erik Murphy has a fractured rib on his left side, tests revealed Monday, leaving the status of the team's second leading scorer in doubt for Wednesday's SEC opener against Georgia.

Murphy (12.1 points, team-best 45.2 percent on 3-pointers) was injured Dec. 29 against Air Force, suffered a hit in Friday's practice and did not play Sunday at Yale.

Before the X-ray results were revealed, coach Billy Donovan said it was questionable whether Murphy would play, and that it came down to pain tolerance.

"There is no difference really between a bruise and a break except the healing process," Donovan said. "He is cleared to play right now, but it is all up to him, how much pain he can tolerate. He is not going to significantly hurt himself anymore because he's going to be padded up. But what happens is if he gets hit there or reaches and stretches it becomes so uncomfortable."

Will Yeguete played well against Yale starting for Murphy.

After Wednesday's home game, the Gators play at LSU on Saturday and at Texas A&M on Jan. 17.

No. 5 Indiana 74, Penn St. 51: Christian Watford scored 16, Jordan Hulls added 14 and the Hoosiers (14-1, 2-0 Big Ten) used a big first-half run to race past the Nittany Lions (8-6, 0-2). Penn State had a five-game home winning streak snapped. Indiana, which entered with the nation's top scoring offense (87.9) built a 19-point lead in the first half behind Watford's inside-out game and Hulls' jumpers. The lead didn't dip below double digits in the second half. Indiana shot 52 percent; Penn State 31 percent.

No. 17 Notre Dame 66, No. 21 Cincinnati 60: Jerian Grant scored 19 and the visiting Fighting Irish (14-1, 2-0 Big East) used a patient offense to get open perimeter shots and win 12 in a row for the first time since 2006-07. It's the best start during coach Mike Brey's 13 seasons. Notre Dame spread out a defense that has been the strength of the Bearcats (13-3, 1-2), who wore new, all-black uniforms. Cincinnati, slumping after a 12-0 start, has lost three straight at home for the first time since 2006-07. "It's the Big East now," Cincinnati's Sean Kilpatrick said. "That's something we've really got to figure out now. It's not like it's December anymore.''

Stetson 81, Jacksonville 72: Former Clearwater High standout Adam Pegg tied his season best with 22 points as the host Hatters (5-10, 2-2 Atlantic Sun) beat the Dolphins (7-10, 2-2).

fiu 74, b-cu 72: Tymell Murphy had 20 points and 10 rebounds and the host Golden Panthers (7-7) held on after the Wildcats (5-10) trimmed a 12-point deficit to two. Bethune-Cookman's Kevin Dukes missed a 3-pointer at the end.

women: Amber Stokes, the reigning Big Ten defensive player of the year and a senior starter for Ohio State, will miss four weeks with a sprained left knee sustained Sunday.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

Murphy in doubt for UF 01/07/13 [Last modified: Monday, January 7, 2013 10:11pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

Copyright: For copyright information, please check with the distributor of this item, Associated Press.

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. What major sporting event could Tampa Bay land next?

    Lightning Strikes

    We are on quite a roll as a community. First, we had a Super Bowl drop from the storm clouds into our lap. It just reaffirms the fact that Tampa Bay is great at lap. And Monday it became official: Next year's NHL All-Star Game will be held at Amalie Arena. The best in the world will be here to shoot and score. And …

    MVP Wayne Gretzky is congratulated at the 1999 NHL All-Star game, the last time the event was in Tampa Bay. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times file]
  2. How the 2018 NHL All-Star Game reflects Jeff Vinik's vision for Tampa

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — There were several reasons the NHL announced Monday that Tampa will host the 2018 All-Star Game on Jan. 28.

    This was the  logo for the 1999 NHL All-Star game played Sunday, Jan 24, 1999 at the Ice Palace in Tampa Bay. (AP Photo)
  3. For starters: Rays at Rangers, with Erasmo on the mound again


    UPDATE, 6:36: Cash said the Rays will "be smart" in deciding whether to use Farquhar, Hunter and Colome tonight, so it could be a closing combo of the Blaze Brothers, Alvarado and Stanek, with Whitley another option. ... Cash said De Leon provides depth for tonight, and mentioned that some of the other relief …

  4. USF baseball heads to Gainesville for regional play


    TAMPA — Had USF's players and coaches been less confident in their NCAA Tournament resume, Monday's selection show might have induced fidgeting, perhaps even frustration.

    South Florida coach Mark Kingston looks on during 2017 American Athletic Conference game Tuesday, May 23, 2017 in Clearwater during the American Athletic Conference. The Bulls won 7-6.
  5. Rays call up Jose De Leon to add depth to bullpen tonight


    The Rays decided that after playing 15 innings Sunday they could use some depth and length in their bullpen after all and are calling up RHP Jose De Leon from Triple-A.

    The Rays have recalled Jose De Leon from Triple-A Durham.