Florida opens SEC play with loss to Vanderbilt

By Adam Silverstein
January 9, 2010

In the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams, the Florida Gators (11-4) fell to the Vanderbilt Commodores (12-3) 95-87 Saturday afternoon in Nashville, TN. Vanderbilt won its sixth straight game while Florida ended a three-game winning streak by losing its first SEC opener since 2001.

The Gators, who have won 15 of the last 18 meetings against the Commodores, were shredded by junior center A.J. Ogilvy who scored 24 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the floor while going 10-for-12 from the charity stripe. Senior guard Jermaine Beal added 22 points for Vanderbilt.

Freshman G Kenny Boynton and sophomore point guard Erving Walker led Florida with career-highs in points (28, 22) in 34 and 36 minutes, respectively. Boynton was 10-for-21 (6-of-14 from three) while all five of Walker’s 10 total shot attempts were treys. Redshirt junior C Vernon Macklin (two points in 14 minutes) and freshman forward Erik Murphy (four points in 13 minutes) both fouled out early as the Commodores absolutely dominated the Gators in the paint and on turnovers (13-7).

Florida returns home to face the No. 3 Kentucky Wildcats in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on Thursday at 9 p.m. The game will air live on ESPN.

One Comment

  1. Mr2Bits says:

    Basketball is starting to become an embarrassment to UF sports….NIT here we come.

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