Florida jumped out to an early lead with a 7-0 run to start the game, but FSU was able to come back with an 8-0 run of their own midway through the first half. Roberson was hot early as 20 his 28 points came in the first half, 18 from three point range, including a three-point buzzer beater to give the Gators a 39-33 lead going into the half.
"I think the biggest thing with me is to just try to take a shot that is open and really be there when David [Lee] and Christian [Drejer] need to throw the ball out," said Roberson. "I think tonight was just a night where a lot of my shots were falling."
David Lee goes over the heads of Florida State's Adam Waleskowski (51) and Alexander Johnson (32) during the first
The Seminoles brought the game within two with 14:29 remaining in the game, but the Gators were able to put together a 15-6 run that extended the lead to 16 and put the game out of reach. Florida had a 4:02 stretch in which they held Florida State scoreless.
"[Florida] hit big shots at the big times and they played well," said FSU Guard Tim Pickett, who scored 25 points. "They got off to a good start in the second half and we couldn't recover. We have to give them credit. We tried to come in an execute and we came up short."
Bonell Colas and Matt Walsh were the other two Gators in double figures. Each stepped it up in the second half, ending the night with 11 points each. Colas also dished out a career-high five assists and tied his career high with two steals.
The Gators now own a 37-18 lead in the series vs. Florida State, including wins in the last six consecutive games. Florida has won 23 consecutive games over teams from the state of Florida.
Florida begins Southeastern Conference action Wednesday, January 7th when they travel to SEC East foe South Carolina at 7:30 p.m.