Noles Hold Big-Three Down in Win

TALLAHASSEE - Florida's trio of Matt Walsh, Anthony Roberson and David Lee have spent much of their careers terrorizing opposing defenses. In UF's surprising 82-69 loss to Florida State Sunday, only Roberson was able to pull any scare tactics. With Walsh unavailable with an ankle injury and Lee ineffective in the interior, the Gators leaned heavily on Roberson, who finished with a game-high 22 points.

"I think it was more what we did that Florida State being better than us," Roberson said. "We didn't run. We didn't execute. We didn't play all 40 minutes. We played in spurts."

Coming into the contest, the Big Three - all of whom boast over 1,000 career points - was averaging 44.3 points a game while making good on 53 percent of their shot attempts. Against the Seminoles, Roberson and Lee teamed for 26.

In an attempt to jumpstart his half court attack, UF coach Billy Donovan shifted Roberson from the point to the two-guard and allowed Lee Humphrey and Taurean Green to move the ball up the floor. It helped - Roberson drained four 3-pointers on the afternoon.

"I'm happy to contain him to 22 points," FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said of the ever-dangerous Roberson.

Most puzzling was Lee, who played just 19 minutes. Lee only attempted two shots and posted his only field goal on a dunk early in the second half.

"He should never go through a game shooting one shot," said Donovan. "I can't shoot the ball for him. When he gets it he needs to make a play. As a senior, he needs to step up and create some things for himself."

Donovan had seen enough with just over 15 minutes to play. That's when Lee went to the bench for the remainder of the game despite having just two personal fouls to his credit.

"I decided that we needed some guys with higher energy," Donovan said.

Walsh's status remains uncertain for the Gators' next game, their SEC opener against Arkansas Jan. 8 in Gainesville. Donovan said his leading scorer would be evaluated as the week wore on.

Roberson said UF's play was beyond excuses.

"If that's the case - losing a player, we don't play well - this season isn't going to be to good," Roberson said. "We have 12 players on this team. There's no excuse for losing."

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