Balanced Gators take out Tigers

When things are going well offensively for Florida, Friday night is the way it looks.

Ball movement was good. Passes were crisp. Players were unselfish.

When Billy Donovan’s teams have been successful at Florida, scoring is balanced and multiple players are threats. On Friday night, five players finished in double figures while the Gators finished off a 75-50 win over Texas Southern.

“I think our ball movement was very good,” Donovan said. “We’re taking the shots that I like to see us take. Our unselfishness was very good. It was a big positive in the game.”

The Gators had 19 assists on 31 field goals. Point guard Kasey Hill had six assists. In his last five games, Hill has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 31-6.

Freshman Devin Robinson led the way with 15 points, while Chris Walker had 12. Michael Frazier and Dorian Finney-Smith both had 11 points, and senior center Jon Horford had 10 points and six rebounds. Florida scored 48 of its 75 points in the paint and added 21 on 3-pointers.

Donovan still wasn’t happy with how many points the Gators left on the floor. They went 6-11 from the free throw line, and Frazier went 0-5 from behind the 3-point line in the second half despite getting good looks.

Robinson continues to improve after a shaky start to the season where he struggled to find the rim with his 3-point shot. In his last three games, Robinson is shooting 52 percent from the field and 5-9 from behind the 3-point line. He shot 25 percent and 3-18 from behind the 3-point line in his first six games of the year.

Donovan is happy with the way Robinson and fellow freshman Chris Chiozza have improved.

“A lot of times when freshmen come in, they come in with a lot of pride,” Donovan said. “Those guys made a big jump when they admitted that this is way harder than they anticipated it ever could be. When players that are young get to that place, they become coachable. There was just some pride there. I think they’ve got to a place finally where they knew they needed to learn from some of the experiences they were getting in some of the games.”


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