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Basketball: Gators romp; key player hurt for Hurricanes

Florida guard Chris Chiozza (11) drives against the defense of North Florida guard J.T. Escobar (3) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Gainesville, Fla., Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Florida won 108-68. (AP Photo/Ron Irby) GVP116
Florida guard Chris Chiozza (11) drives against the defense of North Florida guard J.T. Escobar (3) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Gainesville, Fla., Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Florida won 108-68. (AP Photo/Ron Irby) GVP116
Published Nov. 16, 2017

GAINESVILLE — Behind a balanced effort and six double-figure scorers, No. 8 Florida dominated North Florida 108-68 Thursday.

Junior KeVaughn Allen led the Gators with 18 points. The balanced scoring helped Florida (2-0) dismantle the Ospreys (0-4) from the beginning, with Keith Stone, Gorjok Gak and Allen contributing some emphatic dunks along the way for the Gators.

Stone added 14 points, followed by Jalen Hudson with 13 and Egor Koulechov, Deaundrae Ballard and Gak with 12 each.

Koulechov's performance was a shell of his 34-point opening-night performance that broke Florida's scoring record for a debut. The transfer from Rice was still prominent, but his accuracy from 3-point range fell from 6-of-9 to 2-of-5.

Senior point guard Chris Chiozza, who started Thursday after coming off the bench in Florida's season opener, had nine points, seven rebounds and a team-best six assists.

No. 11 Miami 90, FAMU 59: Highly touted freshman guard Lonnie Walker limped off the court in the first half with an injury, putting a damper on the host Hurricanes' victory. Walker, projected by many to be a top pick in next year's NBA draft, had surgery in July for torn meniscus in his right knee. Coach Jim Larranaga said Walker twisted his left ankle "but I think (he will be) fine." UM (3-0) has outscored opponents by an average of 32 points. Bruce Brown had 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists for the Hurricanes.

BIG SOUTH: Hampton and South Carolina Upstate are joining the conference next year, bringing the league to 12 teams in the fall.