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November 1, 2013

Instant Analysis: Florida gets exhibition win



It was hardly your run-of-the mill exhibition blowout Friday night inside the O'Connell Center. Three suspensions, an illness and a couple injuries will do that to a team, but Florida still managed to defeat Division II Florida Southern 110-88. Instant Analysis takes a look at the victory.

IT WAS OVER WHEN: After Florida Southern hit three 3-pointers to keep the game close early in the second half, Florida went on a 15-5 run that brought the spread into the 20-point range, where it would remain throughout most of the game's remaining time.

HE STOLE THE SHOW: Kasey Hill doesn't mind first impressions. The freshman point guard was easily the most impressive player on the court for the Gators, particularly because of his ability to create plays and score. Hill made one flashy crossover move after another on the way to 17 points, three rebounds and three assists.

THE STAT DOESN'T LIE: If you want proof of how the Gators have changed one season after losing their three top scorers, just look at outside shooting. Florida shot 20.8 percent from beyond the arc and was much more comfortable pushing the ball inside. The Mocs on the other hand stayed in the game until midway through the second half by going 13 of 29 from 3-point land.

WHAT A PLAY: Hat-tip to Hill for his behind-the-back crossover-turned-layup drive special in the first half, but how often do you get to see Jacob Kurtz dunk? The junior walk-on got the start for a depleted Gators squad and made a splash. Eli Carter saved a loose ball and dished it ahead to Dillon Graham who found the former team manager for slam that caught everyone off-guard , part of his 11 points in the game.

BOTTOM LINE: Florida has short-handed on and off the court Friday night and will continue to be as it starts the regular season. Suspended players Dorian Finney-Smith, Damontre Harris and Scottie Wilbekin, were not in attendance. Michael Frazier II (mononucleosis) watched from the bench. The Gators dressed nine players (seven of them on scholarship) and two of those players - Will Yeguete and Carter - are noticeably still working back from extended time off. As expected, the issues were most prominent on defense.

UP NEXT: Florida opens its regular season against North Florida next Friday at 3 p.m. inside the O'Connell Center.


Official Basketball Box Score
Florida Southern vs Florida
11/1/13 7 p.m. at Stephen C. O'Connell Center

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VISITORS: Florida Southern 0-0
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
22 McKNIGHT, Lamar..... f  1-2    1-1    0-0    0  1  1   5   3  1  2  0  1  18
23 PUTMAN, Garrett..... f  2-6    0-0    1-2    0  3  3   2   5  1  1  0  0  20
00 CAPERS, Kevin....... g  5-10   3-5    7-9    0  2  2   2  20  3  1  0  1  20
02 LANE, Dominic....... g  7-15   4-9    1-1    1  1  2   1  19  4  2  0  1  23
10 ADAMS, Frank........ g  1-4    0-1    4-4    1  3  4   0   6  1  1  0  2  16
01 LOGAN, Tyler........    2-3    2-2    0-0    0  1  1   3   6  0  0  0  1  16
04 JOHNSON, Bubby......    1-4    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   4   2  1  3  1  0  18
11 HILL, Melique.......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
12 WILLIAMS, Dominique.    3-4    1-2    0-0    1  3  4   5   7  1  2  0  1  15
14 KELLY, Tyler........    4-9    2-6    1-2    0  2  2   3  11  5  1  0  2  19
21 TURNER, Stephen.....    1-4    0-2    1-2    1  1  2   2   3  1  0  0  0  16
30 BATTLE, STEPHEN.....    3-8    0-2    0-2    1  4  5   1   6  2  2  0  0  16
33 McCLANAHAN, Alex....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  1  0  0  0   1
34 LOZANO, Marcanthony.    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
   TEAM................                         1     1
   Totals..............   30-69  13-30  15-22   6 21 27  28  88 21 15  1  9 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 13-32 40.6%   2nd Half: 17-37 45.9%   Game: 43.5%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  7-15 46.7%   2nd Half:  6-15 40.0%   Game: 43.3%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  8-11 72.7%   2nd Half:  7-11 63.6%   Game: 68.2%    4


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HOME TEAM: Florida 0-0
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
24 Prather, Casey...... f  8-10   0-0    7-7    2  4  6   2  23  7  4  0  4  22
30 Kurtz, Jacob........ f  5-6    0-0    1-3    3  6  9   0  11  1  0  0  1  25
04 Young, Patric....... c  6-8    0-0    7-10   4  4  8   0  19  0  2  1  1  27
00 Hill, Kasey......... g  6-13   0-3    5-8    0  3  3   0  17  3  3  0  0  26
25 Walker, DeVon....... g  3-9    1-5    4-4    3  5  8   3  11  0  1  2  0  22
01 Carter, Eli.........    4-11   3-9    0-0    0  2  2   3  11  1  3  0  2  25
12 Graham, Dillon......    0-6    0-4    1-2    3  1  4   4   1  4  2  0  0  20
15 Yeguete, Will.......    4-5    0-1    4-5    3  6  9   3  12  1  3  0  0  18
42 Donovan, Billy......    2-4    1-2    0-0    1  3  4   3   5  1  0  0  0  15
   TEAM................                            2  2
   Totals..............   38-72   5-24  29-39  19 36 55  18 110 18 18  3  8 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 19-34 55.9%   2nd Half: 19-38 50.0%   Game: 52.8%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-11 18.2%   2nd Half:  3-13 23.1%   Game: 20.8%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 10-18 55.6%   2nd Half: 19-21 90.5%   Game: 74.4%    4


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Officials: Ted Valentine, Garrick Shannon, Willi CJ Washington
Technical fouls: Florida Southern-None. Florida-None.
Attendance: 7523
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Florida Southern..............   41   47  -   88
Florida.......................   50   60  -  110
Florida Southern #22 L. McKnight fouls out at 5:15 (2) and #14 T. Kelly fouls
out at 1:40 (2)

Points in the paint-FSCM 18,UF 60. Points off turnovers-FSCM 16,UF 16.
2nd chance points-FSCM 4,UF 22. Fast break points-FSCM 4,UF 14.
Bench points-FSCM 35,UF 29. Score tied-1 time. Lead changed-4 times.
Last FG-FSCM 2nd-00:24, UF 2nd-00:07.
Largest lead-FSCM by 1 1st-18:32, UF by 25 2nd-04:38.


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