Florida pounds Texas Southern

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Devin Robinson scored a career-high 15 points, Chris Walker added 12 and Florida beat Texas Southern 75-50 on Friday night.

The Gators (5-4) never trailed, scoring the first nine points of the game, leading by 17 at halftime and extending that to a 25-point advantage late in the second half.

Robinson's performance was the only real surprise.

The 6-foot-8 freshman from Chesterfield, Virginia, was 5-of-7 shooting and perfect from the free-throw line. He added four rebounds and two assists in the most complete game of the season. The only negative for Robinson came in the closing minutes, when he rolled his left ankle and gingerly walked off the court.

He tightened his shoelace, stayed on the bench and returned a few minutes later.

An even better sign was Robinson's 3-point shooting. He was 2 for 3 from behind the arc, making him 6 for 11 in Florida's last four games. It's a stark improvement from the first five games, when Robinson was 2 of 16 on treys and looking like he would set a school record for air balls.

But the talented youngster is clearly starting to figure some things out.

So is Walker, whose one-handed dunk in the final seconds was highlight-reel worthy. He also had four blocks.

Michael Frazier and Dorian Finney-Smith each chipped in 11 points for Florida, which had five players in double figures. Jon Horford added 10 for the Gators.

Deverell Biggs led the Tigers (1-7) with 18 points, three more than teammate Chris Thomas.

Florida, which won consecutive games for the first time this season, was its healthiest since the second game of the season.

Eli Carter, who missed the last two games with a sprained foot, returned and played 14 minutes. He finished with six points.

Finney-Smith also has missed time with hairline fractures in his left, non-shooting hand. He added seven rebounds and four assists.


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