Men's Hoops Defeats FSU 87-73

Anthony Roberson led four players in double figures with a career-high 28 points as the 12th ranked Florida Gators defeated No. 25 Florida State Seminoles 87-73 Saturday at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. The Gators forced 21 turnovers and shot 50.9% from the floor.

"I thought tonight we did a good job on the three point line," said Head Coach Billy Donovan. "I think our guys played hard and unselfishly. It was a good win for our basketball team."

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 half.

David Lee also felt the hot hand in the first half scoring 11 points of 3-of-4 shooting. He made 19 consecutive shots dating back to Dec. 20 before missing his first shot at the 2:22 mark in the first half. Lee ended the night with 18 points (5-of-7) and eight rebounds.

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.

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