Gators Roll Over Catamounts

The Gators trip to Tampa for their eighth game of the non-conference schedule proved to be successful as they took an 86-61 victory over the Vermont Catamounts.

Marreesse Speights preformed well in his debut as a starter in front of the home crowd. The St. Petersburg-native notched 15 points, eight boards and two blocks. Speights had a significant size advantage over the defending Catamounts and did his best to capitalize on it.

The spotlight, however, went to the Gators' versatile freshman, Nick Calathes, who totaled 15 first-half points en route to 21 points, five rebounds and three assists.

Calathes was joined in the box score by fellow frosh Jai Lucas, who added 15 points, three rebounds and three assists and Chandler Parsons with his 10 points and six boards.

While the Gators allowed some impressive drives from Vermont's leading scorer, Marqus Blakely, it was mostly a product of their commitment to defending the perimeter. They were aggressive around the arc and kept the Catamounts from scoring a single three-point basket until only 1:48 remained in the game.

It was an impressive performance in front of an overwhelmingly pro-Gator crowd. They maintained an up-tempo pace and were extremely efficient with their shot selection, particularly in the second half where they converted 57.7 percent of their shots while holding the Catamounts to only 36.7 percent.

The Gators return to the O-Dome for their next game against the Jacksonville University Dolphins on Monday, December 3.

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