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Gators finish off Vols 83-70 to stay unbeaten in SEC

The No. 24 Florida Gators (12-3, 3-0 SEC) reversed their fortune from good first halves to bad second halves with a cleanly played and gritty second half that saw a one-point half time deficit to Tennessee (8-7, 1-2 SEC) turn into a 13 point win in front of 10, 864 at sold out Exactech Arena Saturday evening.

Florida sophomore guard KeVaughn Allen led the Gators with 23 points on 4-of-6 shooting from three on a night where the Gators went 7-for-7 from the three point line. Senior forward Justin Leon added 19 points on 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc in the contest. Senior wing man Canyon Barry came off the bench again in a big time fashion and was the last of the Gators in double figures, scoring 15 points in the contest and scoring in all kinds of ways.

Vols sophomore forward Admiral Schofield came off the bench to lead the Vols and finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, the first double / double of his career. Freshman guard Jordan Bowden finished with 15 points and was the only other Volunteer with double digits on the night.


The contest was close in the first half as the Gators struggled to get set shots and in their biggest area of concern kept turning the ball over. Florida has been a good team this season in terms of turnovers averaging just 11.2 turnovers per game. In the first half against the Volunteers, Florida turned it over nine times which led to 16 points on those turnovers.

When getting a shot, they were erratic and constantly shooting without being set. The exceptions to that were Leon and Allen.

Once settling down and taking set shots, Florida also started making three-point baskets. The first half saw the Gators rush into shots and they only made 2-of-12 from beyond the arc. In the second half, Florida made all seven of the shots they took behind the three-point line.

Florida’s full court pressure defense stayed constant throughout the game and forced 19 turnovers getting 25 points off of those 19 turnovers.

Both teams had 31 rebounds with the Gators leading on offensive rebounds 11-9. Senior guard Kasey Hill continued his strong play with seven points and seven assists on the evening.

UP NEXT: The Gators move to 3-0 in the SEC and a half game up on everyone else in the league as they continue to play through the weekend. Florida travels to Tuscaloosa to take on Alabama on Tuesday (8-5, 1-0 SEC). The Gators return to Gainesville to play in a week to take on Georgia (0-5, 2-1) next Saturday.

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