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December 29, 2013

Instant Analysis: Gators cruise, Young hits 1,000



Sometimes, it's easy. No. 13 Florida (10-2) had no trouble disposing of Savannah State (2-11) by a score of 76-34 Sunday inside the O'Connell Center. Instant Analysis takes a look.

IT WAS OVER WHEN: Florida was SSU's second-to-last stop on its annual fall payday tour in which it gets blown out by major programs in exchange for the kind of checks that keep smaller athletic programs alive. The game was over the second the Tigers showed up. Their only two wins this season have come against teams not regulated by the NCAA.

HE STOLE THE SHOW: Make room for Florida's 50th Mr. 1,000. Patric Young snagged a Casey Prather missed shot with 7:15 left in the second half and laid it in to pick up his 1,001st career point. Before the arena had time to recognize his accomplishment, Young had made it 1,003. He finished the day with a team-high 15 points to go along with six rebounds, two steals and two blocks.

THE STAT DOESN'T LIE: The nation's No. 18 scoring defense met one of college basketball's worst offenses, and the results were what you would expect. SSU had 13 turnovers and 11 points in the first half. It was the lowest points total allowed by Florida in one half since South Carolina scored 10 in the first half at the O'Dome last season. The Tigers took 18:46 to hit double digits and went on scoring droughts of 5:27 and 8:13.

WHAT A PLAY: There haven't been too many opportunities to see what the potential of Kasey Hill and Scottie Wilbekin on the floor at the same time is. Florida's last points of the first half gave a glimpse. After a Jacob Kurtz steal, the ball was pushed ahead to Wilbekin, who immediately fed it up the court to Hill. The freshman reeled off a reverse layup to out-duel the SSU defender trailing him.

THE BOTTOM LINE: With only one more game standing between the Gators and Southeastern Conference play, there wasn't much you could learn from a Sunday matinee against a bad team. Florida featured the kind of balanced offense and suffocating defense that it displays when at its best. But for a team that has developed a knack for driving to the basket, free throws continue to be a concern. The Gators shot 60 percent from the charity stripe.


Official Basketball Box Score
Savannah State vs Florida
12/29/13 3 p.m. at Stephen C. O'Connell Center


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VISITORS: Savannah State 2-11
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
04 MUHAMMAD,Saadiq..... f  0-3    0-0    1-2    2  3  5   3   1  0  3  0  0  23
44 SMITH,Jyles......... f  3-7    0-0    2-2    2  6  8   4   8  0  0  3  0  32
01 FENNER,Alante....... g  2-5    1-1    1-2    0  1  1   2   6  0  3  0  0  18
15 RICHARDS,Keierre.... g  2-4    0-0    0-0    1  1  2   2   4  2  1  0  1  14
22 HALL,Terel.......... g  0-4    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   1   0  1  1  0  3  20
02 WHITE,Khiry.........    0-2    0-0    0-0    1  2  3   3   0  0  2  0  0  18
10 HENDLEY,Patrick.....    0-3    0-1    0-0    0  2  2   0   0  1  1  0  0  14
11 WILSON,Stephen......    1-2    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   2  1  2  0  0  11
12 MONTGOMERY,Joshua...    1-5    0-2    2-2    2  2  4   3   4  0  3  0  3  16
14 CARTER,Whitley......    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   2
20 WILLIAMS,Deven......    3-7    1-2    0-0    0  0  0   1   7  0  2  0  0  18
30 HILL,Jeremiah.......    0-3    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  1  1  0  1  10
33 DAVIS,Angelo........    0-2    0-0    2-2    0  0  0   1   2  0  0  0  1   2
34 HUTCHINS,Marcus.....    0-1    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   2   0  0  1  0  0   2
   TEAM................                         2  1  3
   Totals..............   12-49   2-8    8-10  10 20 30  23  34  6 20  3  9 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  5-20 25.0%   2nd Half:  7-29 24.1%   Game: 24.5%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  1-3  33.3%   2nd Half:  1-5  20.0%   Game: 25.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  0-0   0.0%   2nd Half:  8-10 80.0%   Game: 80.0%    1


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HOME TEAM: Florida 10-2
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
15 Yeguete, Will....... f  1-1    0-0    3-4    2  2  4   1   5  2  0  0  1  20
24 Prather, Casey...... f  5-8    0-0    0-2    3  1  4   2  10  1  5  1  1  21
04 Young, Patric....... c  7-10   0-0    1-3    3  3  6   0  15  0  2  2  2  27
05 Wilbekin, Scottie... g  3-8    3-5    1-2    0  3  3   0  10  1  0  0  2  27
20 Frazier, Michael.... g  3-5    3-5    2-2    0  4  4   3  11  0  4  2  1  25
00 Hill, Kasey.........    2-8    0-3    3-5    0  2  2   0   7  5  0  0  0  27
10 Finney-Smith, Dorian    2-6    0-2    4-7    4  3  7   2   8  1  0  1  0  16
25 Walker, DeVon.......    2-3    1-2    3-5    0  7  7   2   8  1  1  1  0  23
30 Kurtz, Jacob........    0-1    0-0    0-0    1  2  3   0   0  0  1  0  1  10
42 Donovan, Billy......    0-1    0-0    2-2    0  0  0   1   2  0  0  0  0   4
   TEAM................                         1  1  2
   Totals..............   25-51   7-17  19-32  14 28 42  11  76 11 13  7  8 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 14-25 56.0%   2nd Half: 11-26 42.3%   Game: 49.0%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  4-7  57.1%   2nd Half:  3-10 30.0%   Game: 41.2%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  2-5  40.0%   2nd Half: 17-27 63.0%   Game: 59.4%    5


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Officials: Anthony Jordan, Kipp Kissinger, Lamar Simpson
Technical fouls: Savannah State-TEAM. Florida-None.
Attendance: 10508
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Savannah State................   11   23  -   34
Florida.......................   34   42  -   76

Points in the paint-SSUM 14,UF 32. Points off turnovers-SSUM 8,UF 32.
2nd chance points-SSUM 8,UF 12. Fast break points-SSUM 0,UF 4.
Bench points-SSUM 15,UF 25. Score tied-1 time. Lead changed-0 times.
Last FG-SSUM 2nd-03:33, UF 2nd-03:00.
Largest lead-SSUM None, UF by 45 2nd-04:21.


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