Gators rebound to defeat Eagles 67-48 in D.C.

By Adam Silverstein
December 5, 2010

Wednesday was a rough night for the No. 16/18 Florida Gators as they fell in an upset bid authored by Central Florida. Saturday’s contest in Washington, D.C. was a bit easier for Florida (6-2) as they put together a 67-48 win over the American Eagles (5-3).

Senior forward Chandler Parsons rebounded from the worst performance of his career to score 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting, bring down a team-high eight rebounds, dish four assists and grab three steals. Parsons was also 2-for-3 from the free throw line after missing all six of his attempts in the previous game.

Joining Parsons to lead the Gators was junior point guard Erving Walker, who scored a team-high 16 points of 5-of-7 shooting while going 4-for-6 from downtown. Senior F Alex Tyus posted 14 points, and redshirt senior center Vernon Macklin scored 12.

Down 3-7 early in the contest, Florida quickly regained the lead on back-to-back jumpers from Macklin and 10 points by Parsons in a matter of six minutes. Up on American 12-10 with 13:56 remaining in the first half, UF would retain the lead and never look back.

The Gators took a 30-21 lead going into halftime but scored seven straight points out of the break and bumped their margin to a game-high 21 points with 2:33 left in the game.

Though the other four starters combined to go 20-for-31 from the field, sophomore guard Kenny Boynton was held scoreless on a 0-for-9 effort which included six misses from beyond the arc. Boynton contributed by dishing seven assists and holding onto the ball without a single turnover in 32 minutes.

As a team Florida shot 49 percent from the field, 84.6 percent from the charity stripe and 35.3 percent from downtown. They out-rebounded American 27-24, stole nine more balls (10-1) and committed seven fewer turnovers.

UF looks to keep the momentum going when they face Kent State on Thursday in Gainesville, FL. The game will begin at 7 p.m. and air live nationally on ESPN2.

POST-GAME NOTES & QUOTES (After the break…)

Head coach Billy Donovan on Boynton’s inability to score: “In the UCF game, I thought not only him, but our whole team took a lot of difficult, tough shots. Tonight he took great shots, and they didn’t go in. I thought he played a terrific game. The bottom line was the ball didn’t go in the basket. The way he defended in the press, the way he defended in half court, and the way he made everyone around him better, was a great game. We still scored 67 points without our leading scorer scoring a basket, so that was I thought positive.”

5 Comments

  1. Gatorbuc15 says:

    This was a good bounce back win for them.

  2. g8ter27 says:

    Yes it was but it still looks like NIT right now to me.

  3. Gatorbuc15 says:

    Yeah, it’s still early yet though. They need to continue to improve.

  4. Mitch says:

    Looking like a 10 or more loss team.

  5. GATORNATIONSPRESIDENT says:

    NIT? I mean we haven’t looked great so far, but that’s quite a bold statement. Let’s see how the rest of the non-conference schedule plays out before throwing out snap judgements like that. If we can run the table the rest of the way before SEC play, we’ll be in great position. Kansas State, Xavier and Rhode Island are solid teams (Kansas State is a great team), but they are games we could and should win.

    Getting dominated in the 2nd Half by Ohio State was tough, and losing to UCF was a huge letdown, but beating Kansas State would be a HUGE victory, and a hell of a bounce back.

    Going into SEC play with 2-3 losses, I think we will be fine. I don’t see the Gators losing 7-8 games in the SEC, so we must take care of our remaining non-conference schedule (1 loss or less), and we’ll be in good position to climb back up the polls. Don’t give up hope yet!

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