Updated at 11:55 p.m.
The No. 13 Florida Gators (10-2) ended 2013 with a bang, routing the Savannah State Tigers (2-11) on Sunday afternoon at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, FL. Florida won 76-34, outscoring Savannah State by nearly 20 points in each half of the game as it cruised to a victory.
OnlyGators.com breaks down the Gators’ 10th win with The Fastbreak.
It was over when: Florida sophomore guard Michael Frazier II drilled a three-pointer with 10:15 left in the first half, extending the home team’s lead to 12 while kicking off a 14-0 run that lasted more than eight minutes and put the game out of reach. Frazier hit three of his five triples for 11 points, adding four boards, two blocks and a steal. He also committed four turnovers.
Prominent player: Senior center Patric Young scored a team-high 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting while grabbing six boards, blocking two shots and swiping two steals. Midway through the second half, Young became the 50th Gators player to eclipse 1,000 career points. He actually scored four-straight points to jump to 1,003 for his career and left the court to a standing ovation from the home crowd.
Standout stats: Florida dominated most phases of the game, but UF’s tough defense forced 20 turnovers on Sunday. The Gators also continued to struggle from the charity stripe, going 19-for-32 and hitting just 59.4 percent of their free passes.
Check out the second half of The Fastbreak after the, well, break.
Significant stretch: The aforementioned 14-0 run, led off by Frazier’s three, pushed Florida ahead 30-7 with 3:57 left in the first half. SVSU had little chance in the game, but that run by UF put things out of reach before the first 20 minutes concluded.
What it means: The Gators have now won 23-straight non-conference games in the O’Dome and 22 consecutive home games overall, the second longest streak in school history. UF also gets to end 2013 on a four-game winning streak.
Next up: Florida concludes its non-conference slate four days into the new year when it hosts Richmond on Jan. 4 at 3:00 p.m.
NOTES AND QUOTES
» Head coach Billy Donovan on Young hitting 1,000 career points: “Patric is as unselfish as a player as I’ve been around. … I think it’ll be something later on in his life, when he looks back on it, when you score 1,000 points it’s always a milestone. I was happy for him. I was happy for the crowd, the way they kind of cheered him on. Patric’s been a real team guy ever since he’s been here. He’s very unselfish. He never makes anything about himself. I was just happy for him that he could get it tonight.”
» Donovan said he is especially excited to have a pair of new forwards – freshman Chris Walker and redshirt sophomore Alex Murphy – in practice because it gives Florida 10 legitimate players to go head-to-head with in practice. The overall health of the team is allowing the Gators to experiment with different lineups and groupings of players, which will likely benefit UF over the remaining three months of the season.
» “It means people know how to count. [Laughing] I haven’t really put too much thought into it until last game, Fresno State, when I was reminded about it. Apparently a lot more people think more if it than I do. But it’s a great accomplishment. It just shows Coach Donovan develops his players really well. I’m thankful that I was able to reach that goal and stay for four years. If I had left early, I wouldn’t have been able to do that.”