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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]
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