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Florida cruises to record-setting win

Florida finally can focus on conference play.

Brett Nelson scored a career-high 26 points and the fifth-ranked Gators won their school-record 22nd straight nonconference home game, 102-54 over New Hampshire on Saturday.

"It was just one of those nights," said Nelson, who made 7 of 11 three-pointers. "I knew, from watching film, that we were going to get a lot of open three-point shots. We just had to shoot with confidence, and that's what we did."

Florida set season highs with 15 three-pointers in 32 attempts.

The Gators opens conference play Jan. 7 at South Carolina. They have won their past seven, all against nonconference foes, by an average of 36 points.

"As a coaching staff, we need to sit down and map out where we are at after 11 games," Florida coach Billy Donovan said. "I was pleased with the way our guys played. We subbed some guys and they stepped up and played well."

Six players, including reserves Matt Bonner and Orien Greene with 13 points each, scored in double figures for Florida, which had 21 straight nonconference wins at home from 1983-88. The Gators have won 13 consecutive home games overall.

"This is a game I look forward to," said Bonner, who is from Concord, N.H. "It felt good to play well against them, and sent back positive thoughts about us."

Florida guard Teddy Dupay missed the game because of right knee tendinitis. Dupay, who is averaging 14.8 points, is expected to be ready for the South Carolina game.

"He could have played," Donovan said. "It's a pretty painful thing for Teddy, but I don't think it's a severe thing where he can't play right now."

Austin Ganly had 12 points for New Hampshire.

"I'm going to take the positives," New Hampshire coach Phil Rowe said. "It's worthwhile doing this so our kids can see their growth over a period of time."

Florida, which led 48-27 at halftime, broke the game open with a 32-2 run in the second half.

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