Gators trample Broncs 90-69 in Jacksonville

By Adam Silverstein
December 9, 2011

Just two days removed from a hard-fought overtime victory, the No. 12 Florida Gators (7-2) upended the Rider Broncs (1-9) 90-69 in a neutral site game at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL.

Gators junior guard Kenny Boynton rebounded from his Wednesday struggles and led the way for UF with a team-high 26 points on 9-of-13 shooting (5-for-9 from downtown) to go along with five rebounds. Freshman G Bradley Beal scored 18 points, adding four boards, three assists and a steal to his total.

Florida’s offense got going right off the tip, scoring 14 points in the first five minutes, but the Gators defense was not as effective giving up easy baskets to Rider early on.

UF and the RU went through a scoring drought midway through the half, but the Gators eventually opened up a 15-point lead thanks to a 10-2 run capped bookended by three-pointers by junior forward Erik Murphy and senior point guard Erving Walker.

The Broncs played good defense down the stretch but a buzzer-beating floater to end the first half by redshirt junior guard Mike Rosario coupled with a trio of treys after the break were part of a 13-2 run that put the Gators ahead 25 points.

Rider never allowed Florida to extend its lead too much, reducing their deficit 19 points on numerous occasions during the contest. UF, however, kept hitting their shots and coasted to a relativey easy victory.

The Gators also benefited from a pair of very efficient performances. Walker scored 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting (4-of-6 from downtown) with five rebounds, four assists and no turnovers, and hometown favorite sophomore center Patric Young hit 5-of-7 shots for 12 points, adding nine rebounds (four offensive).

UF’s 14 three-pointers marked the seventh time in nine games they have reached double digits in that area. Florida once again shot poorly from the free throw line, hitting just 6-of-10 shots. Each team notched 30 rebounds, but the Gators only turned the ball over six times compared to 13 for the Broncs and dished 19 dimes on 35 field goals.

Florida will have a week off for finals before heading down to Sunrise, FL to take on Texas A&M in the 2011 Orange Bowl Basketball Classic. The game is the second of a double-header and will air live on FSN at 4:30 p.m.

One Comment

  1. Daniel M. says:

    Quit horsin’ around with these headlines.

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