The Scarlet Knights hung close for 20 minutes, but the Gators pulled away in the second half and rolled to a 73-58 win Saturday in the Legend Classic championship game at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Florida (6-0), which upset No. 2 Michigan State on Friday, shot 58.1 percent (18 of 31) in the second half and used a late 15-4 run to pull away for the win.
Rutgers (3-2) was led in scoring by Mike Rosario's 15 points on5 of 15 shooting. The sophomore guard also led the Scarlet Knights with six rebounds. Senior center Hamady Ndiaye added 12 points.
Freshman Dane Miller made all four of his shots and finished with a career-high nine points.
Junior forward Jonathan Mitchell, who transferred to Rutgers from Florida, had six points and two rebounds. His jumper to open the game gave the Scarlet Knights a 2-0 lead, but that was the only time Rutgers was ahead.
The Gators led 34-29 at the half, and maintained a comfortable lead throughout the second half until pulling away midway through second half.
Florida led 50-42 with 11:23 to play, and then scored 15 of the next 19 points, and did so with easy opportunities.
Macklin began the spurt with a tip-in and Boynton added a 3-pointer. Florida also got a dunk from Macklin, lay-ins from Chandler Parson and Erik Murphy and a dunk from Alex Tyus to close the run as the Gators took a 65-46 lead with 5:56 to play.
Freshman center Brian Okum made his Rutgers debut and had two rebounds in two minutes.
The Scarlet Knights return to action Thursday, when they host Princeton at 7:30 p.m.