It was not a pretty win by any means, but Florida powered through and beat Tennessee 83-70 to move to 3-0 in the SEC. The first half was one Mike White and his team would like to forget. After turning over the ball nine times in that first period, the Gators only turned the ball over twice in the second half and were able to claw back from a five a point deficit to take the 13 point win.
“I think it shows character, our maturity to not fold [after the rough first half],” forward Justin Leon said. “In the locker room after the game coach [White] was talking about how last year’s team, if that would have happened we probably would have shut it down. This year we didn’t let that happen. We stayed focused and got the win.”
Leon was a big reason why the Gators were able to keep the game within distance. He had a season-high of 19 points and six rebounds. Meanwhile Kevaughn Allen once again caught on fire and brought the victory home. Allen scored 16 of his game-high 23 points in the second half, going 4-for-4 outside the arc in the final eight minutes.
“When he hits a crazy pull-up from 3 and it goes straight nets, you know the next one he’s going to do it again and it’s probably going to be even better,” Leon said.
"It's a big accomplishment for us to be 3-0 for us," said Allen. "I was just being aggressive (in the second half)
Leon, Allen and Barry discusses the win against the Vols.
Justin Leon talks win over Vols
Kevaughn Allen talks win over Vols
Canyon Barry Talks win over Vols