No letdown for No. 8 Florida

The Gators didn't waste time getting back in the win column after Saturday's loss at Arizona. Florida started slow on offense before getting a rhythm and overwhelming Southeastern Louisiana with what turned into a dunk contest in the final minutes. It was just the answer No. 8 Florida needed to get rid of the taste left from Saturday's loss, cruising to a 82-43 win over the Lions.

It wasn't a surprise to those who were around practice the first practice after the game.

"I thought they bounced back on Sunday," Florida head coach Billy Donovan said. "We didn't need this game to bounce back. You always look at the bounce back of how guys practice the day after a game. I thought our guys played pretty well. That was behind them.

"They were disappointed, obviously, before practice about letting an opportunity slip away in the Arizona game. Our guys realize that's over with."

The lesson after Saturday's game is what helped the Gators move on. Donovan and the Florida coaching staff pounded into the heads of the players that they played well outside of 37 minutes in Tucson. That three-minute span is what caused the loss to happen, despite the Gators pulling out double-digit leads at different points in the game.

It worked as Florida put together a strong practice to help get over the loss. Getting back out on the court on Wednesday night just healed cleanse any remaining pain.

"It meant a lot to us, especially on the defensive end," said senior guard Mike Rosario, who led the team with 20 points, his most since transferring to Florida. "That's one thing we focused on. We held those to 29-percent from the field and (19)-percent from three, and that's a great job.

"By us playing with that intensity on defense, it creates offensive intensity. We had to come in with the same mindset that we do every day."

The defense, as it has been all season, was the calling card for the Gators again. It took until the 12:58 mark in second half for Southeastern Louisiana to make its first field goal. The Lions scored just 17 points and shot 25-percent in the second half as the Gators pulled away and put the game out of reach.

"That was real big," junior forward Casey Prather said. "We wanted to be disciplined on offense and defense. We knew that this was going to challenge us to work on the things we've been working on in practice. We did that pretty well today."

Florida outscored Southeastern Louisiana 30-14 in the paint, as Patric Young chipped in with 10 points, and 16-8 off turnovers. Young added some thunderous dunks late in the game to seal it. The Gators also received 31 points from their bench.

After jumping out to a 9-2 lead 4:22 after the tipoff, there wasn't much doubt in the game. And that's just the way the Gators needed to play on Wednesday to move on from their first loss of the year.

"It was important that we came out the right way," junior point guard Scottie Wilbekin said. "We came out a little sluggish in the first half because we weren't as disciplined as we wanted to be, but we were more disciplined later and stayed at home."

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