Gator Treys Bury Vanderbilt, 94-69

NASHVILLE-- The Commodores (12-7, 1-4) ran into a red hot Gators (17-3, 4-1) team that shot them out of Memorial Gym Sunday afternoon. Offense had been the Dores problem for much of the season, but it was their defense that failed them in this game.

"We got it handed to us. We did not guard well and they seemed to get any shot they wanted to. We didn't play well on either end. There were some things offensively that I was encouraged by. But, obviously, the story of the game was their three point shooting," Vandy Coach Kevin Stallings said after the game.

Vanderbilt got off to a hot start jumping out to a 13-7 lead that was led by a couple of tough baskets by center Festus Ezeli.

That would be about as good as it got for the Black and Gold. Florida opened up a huge first half lead that was started when Chandler Parsons knocked down threes on three consecutive possessions early in the first half. Those buckets would open up a 23-15 lead, and the Dores would never lead again in the game.

They would cut the lead to six with a Jermaine Beal three pointer, but Florida would answer with a 7-2 run that would build the lead 35-22.

The perfect omen for how good things were going for the Gators, and how bad they were going for the Commodores came right at the end of the first half when Florida guard Nick Calathes threw up what looked like and impossible three that went in. That gave the Blue and Orange a 56-37 lead as the first half horn sounded.

"They went on that run and kept making shots and our team was, wrongly so, demoralized. That was somewhat disappointing because at one point or another, you've got to make a stand. But, we weren't able to do that, and a lot of that you have to credit to Florida," Stallings said.

The second half was more of the same. Florida just kept knocking down open shots, and even though the Dores played their best game offensively in Southeastern Conference play, it was no match for the Gators 15-25 effort from behind the three point arc.

Vandy would only get double figures from George Drake with 14, Beal with 13 and Jeffery Taylor with 10. Stallings said after the game that his coaching staff is going to have to find some additional minutes for Drake who has back to back career games off the bench.

The Gators were led in scoring Parsons, who had the game of his life with 27 points including knocking down seven of his eight three point attempts. They also got double figures from Erving Walker with 17, Calathes with 15 and Walter Hodge with 10.

Things do not get any easier for the Commodores as their next two SEC games will be on the road. The first game is Wednesday night when they travel to South Carolina to take on the Gamecocks. That game tips off at 6 p.m.


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