Marreese Speights led the Gators with his first double-double of the season, grabbing 12 rebounds to go with a game-high 18 points. Speights went 9-of-15 from the floor and blocked a shot, helping the Gators to their fourth straight win.
"I just went into the game thinking that I needed to play well in order for us to win," Speights said. "My team got me the ball and we came out with the win."
Speights wasn't the only Gator to have a double-double. Dan Werner scored 10 points, tying his career-high and also pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds.
"Werner and Marreese really did a good job upfront," Billy Donovan said. "It was good for us to be able to do it physically against a Big East caliber team."
The Gators dominated the Scarlet Knights on the glass, outrebounding them 43-28 and holding them to less than 45 percent shooting from the floor. Although the stats look good, the defensive effort was inconsistent. The two teams exchanged baskets for much of the first 15 minutes before Florida began to pull away just before the half.
"We didn't do a great job to start," Donovan said. "We were exchanging baskets. Then we were able to make some stops, and we were able to get out in transition."
In the final 5:50 of the first half, the Gators went on a 17-2 run after the two teams were tied at 31. Walter Hodge, who finished with 14 points, hit a pair of threes during the stretch, helping the Gators to a 48-33 halftime lead. On the night, the Gators were 11-of-26 from behind the arc. Rutgers made just four threes on the night.
"It appeared they wanted us to make shots over the top and we made three-point shots," Donovan said. "The difference in the game and the reason why there was such a point differential was because we made so many more threes than they did. The other factor was that for the most part we kept them off the free throw line."
In addition to their hot outside shooting, Florida also did a nice job of sharing the ball, dishing out 15 assists. Jai Lucas led the Gators with five assists to go with his career-high 15 points.
"They are doing a great job of being unselfish and passing the ball like last year," Hodge said. "Once they completely figure it out, we're going to be really good."
"I think they're starting to understand what were trying to do," Donovan said. "We moved the ball very well. I thought we were very unselfish."