The No. 12 Florida Gators (11-2) started 2014 off with a hard-fought victory, taking down the Richmond Spiders (10-5) on Saturday afternoon at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, FL. Florida won 67-58 despite leading by just two points at halftime and trailing by as many as four in the second half.
The Gators improved to 5-2 this season in single-digit decisions and have now won both 23-straight contests and 24 consecutive non-conference games in the O’Dome.
OnlyGators.com breaks down UF’s 11th win with The Fastbreak.
It was over when: Redshirt sophomore forward Dorian Finney-Smith drained a much-needed three-pointer that extended the Gators’ advantage to eight points with 3:31 left in the game. The triple was just his second basket of the contest as Finney-Smith finished with five points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
Prominent player: Florida’s win on Saturday was very much a team effort, but senior center Patric Young was the most consistent player over 40 minutes, playing great post defense while scoring efficiently with 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting. He also hit 3-of-6 free throws (including an and-one conversion) and grabbed six rebounds on the afternoon.
Standout stat: UF’s three-point shooting left much to be desired early in the contest. The Gators started just 1-of-11 from downtown while the Spiders began the game 6-of-14 and held a four-point lead with 13 minutes remaining. Florida went 4-for-8 from deep to close out the contest, while Richmond drained 3-of-9 threes over the final 13 minutes.
Check out the second half of The Fastbreak after the, well, break.
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