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Florida dumps Tulane; coach isn't pleased

Billy Donovan cites frontcourt and defensive problems in 103-85 win.

A victory Thursday night was not enough for Florida coach Billy Donovan. The disappointment was evident on his face even though the No. 5 Gators (9-1) defeated Tulane 103-85 in the Sugar Bowl Classic.

"Give Tulane credit. They outplayed us," Donovan said. "We won the game basically because we made shots. We are the most overrated fifth-ranked team in the country. We have a long, long way to go, in my opinion, to being a decent basketball team."

One bright spot in the win came from guard Teddy Dupay, who scored a career-high 28 points on Tulane's home court, New Orleans Arena. Dupay had been averaging 13.1 points in the Gators' first nine games.

"The big guys have been doing so well, it really opens it up for us," Dupay said. "I haven't been shooting great lately, but I have been working hard. Everyone on this team has been working hard. And if you miss a few, you can make your next few."

Dupay also tied his career high for three-pointers, hitting seven in 11 attempts.

The 103 points marked the fourth time this season the Gators have scored at least 100 points.

But Donovan cited problems with the frontcourt attack and the defense _ two things the Gators can work on during their last non-SEC game against New Hampshire on Saturday.

Thursday night's game was attended by the Gator football team, which plays in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 against Miami. But the basketball teams didn't give the players much of a show as Florida posted a 59-40 halftime lead.

"I think this team didn't play as well as it could have," forward Justin Hamilton said. "We have to go back and practice and play a little better."

The Gators open Southeastern Conference play Jan. 7 against South Carolina.