UF Hoops Beats Maryland

Freshman <B>Anthony Roberson</B> (Saginaw, Mich.) scored 20 points, as the No. 14 University of Florida men's basketball team defeated No. 16 and defending national champion Maryland 69-64, Saturday at the Comcast Center in College Park, Md. The Gator victory snapped the Terrapins' 87-game home winning streak against non-conference teams, which spanned more than 13 years.

With the win, the Gators improved to 7-2 overall and ran their win streak to three games. The loss dropped Maryland to 4-3 on the season.

Roberson, who led UF in scoring for the second straight game, went 8-of-14 from the field, including 4-of-7 on three-point attempts. He also led the Gators with 19 points in their 68-52 win over South Florida last Sunday at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. Roberson didn't start against the Terrapins, but played a team-high 33 minutes.

Roberson's three-pointer started a 9-0 run that put the Gators ahead 48-40 with 13:18 left. UF kept the lead the rest of the way, with Roberson hitting another three-pointer to silence the crowd after a timeout, just as the Terrapins had cut the lead to two with three minutes left.

Senior Matt Bonner (Concord, N.H.) added 16 points for Florida. It was the second time in the last three games that Bonner led the Gators in scoring, as he had a team-high 18 points in UF's 58-57 win over Florida State back on Dec. 6. Bonner also pulled down a season-high 12 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. Sophomore David Lee (St. Louis, Mo.) was the only other Gator to score in double-figures as he netted 13 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Lee's 13 points came on 50-percent shooting (5-10) from the field, including two dunks in the first half that helped the Gators' offense settle into a rhythm.

Florida, down 10-3 early in the game, responded with a 14-4 run spurred by Roberson, who led all scorers with 12 first-half points. But a Steve Blake layup at the buzzer gave Maryland a 34-33 advantage going into the locker room at halftime.

Florida will be back in action next Saturday, as the Gators travel to Miami to take on the inter-state rival Hurricanes for a 7 p.m. tip at the Miami Arena.

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