When the game began, Florida senior guard Kenny Boynton knew he was close to moving up in the Gator record books, but frankly he had no idea how close. For him, winning was the main objective in a game against Middle Tennessee State. The rest would just be a nice addition.
Boynton and his teammates got both. No. 10 Florida (3-0) relied on 46 percent shooting from the field and got to the free throw line 29 times, to defeat MTSU 66-45 Sunday afternoon in front of 7,161 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
Boynton, who didn't score a field goal in the first half, scored the Gators' final 13 points, finishing with a game-high 20, four rebounds and two assists. Along the way, he moved past the late Dwayne Schintzius – a Brandon native - into sole possession of sixth place on Florida's all-time scoring list with 1,641. He needs 450 points this season to move into No. 1.
"I definitely want No. 1,'' Boynton said after the game. "It (Sunday) meant something to me. . . I didn't even know when I got it, but it definitely means something to me to move up on the list. It means a lot. I know the guy I passed, Dwayne, was a Tampa native. To do it here means a lot, also. But really, it's better to get the win.'
The game marked the return of junior guard Scottie Wilbekin, who was suspended the first three games for a violation of team rules. Wilbekin scored eight points, had three assists and three rebounds in 23 minutes.
"Honestly it felt kind of weird out there at first, being out there playing and missing three games, but once I go into the rhythm it felt good just to be back with my teammates and just be playing basketball."