Fastbreak: Florida makes easy work of North Florida

By Adam Silverstein
November 16, 2017
Fastbreak: Florida makes easy work of North Florida

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No. 8 Florida Gators basketball (2-0) made easy work of the North Florida Ospreys (0-4) on Thursday night at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida, routing its guests 108-68 in UF’s second game of the young season.

Let’s take a look at Florida’s latest victory in Fastbreak:

It was over when … Florida overcame a short early deficit with a 19-3 run to go up 24-8 less than eight minutes into the game. North Florida never trailed by fewer than 14 points the rest of the way.

Exceptional effort: Gators sophomore guard KeVaughn Allen impressed early and often on Thursday, scoring a game-high 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting, making 4-of-7 threes and 2-of-2 free throws. Allen also had five boards and two dimes on the evening. Five other teammates scored in double digits.

Odds and ends: Florida posted 100+ points in consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 22 and Dec. 27, 2003, and scored the most points in a two-game span (224) since Nov. 29 and Dec. 4, 1999 … the Gators led for 38:41 of the 40-minute game, only trailing for 33 seconds … UF had 23 assists on 41 made baskets and an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.56 … graduate transfer G Egor Koulechov scored 12 points with a team-high nine rebounds and five assists … sophomore center Gorjok Gak was perfect from the field (4 for 4) and the line (4 for 4) with 12 points and no turnovers … UF held UNF to 25 percent shooting from beyond the arc

Play of the game: See below.

What it means: Just like on Monday, not much. North Florida was 0-3 entering the game, and Florida took care of business at home. The Gators are absolutely rolling on offense, but it will be interesting to see if that trend continues into next week. It’s too early to praise UF too much, but this team does look like it can be special.

Up next: Florida will host New Hampshire on Sunday at 6 p.m. ET in what is technically the first game of the Phil Knight Invitational (PK80). The game will air live nationally on SEC Network.

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