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January 14, 2014

Frazier turns slow start into career night



Shortly before the end of the first half, Billy Donovan called a timeout. The message, like the timeout (30 seconds), was brief and direct. It was pointed at sophomore guards Michael Frazier II and DeVon Walker.

The lesson: Don't stop shooting.

No. 7 Florida led Georgia by 20 at the time, but it had little to do with the Gators' most prominent 3-point shooter. Frazier opened Tuesday's game 1 for 8 from beyond the arc, meaning he had shot 36 percent from deep in his last two and a half games. Standard for most, but something of a rut for the SEC's best 3-point shooter at 47.3 percent.

"He's got to keep letting them go," Donovan said of Frazier. "It will all even itself out. He's got to understand he's got a responsibility to himself and to his team that he's got to shoot the ball with confidence. He's got to do that."

"He sparked me. He said that sometimes he has more confidence than we do in ourselves," Frazier said. "Once he said that, I just kept shooting."

Donovan wasn't the only person to prod Frazier to keep shooting. His teammates implored him to do so. Center Patric Young went as far as to say that not shooting is the selfish thing for Frazier to do given his greatest skill.

It all stems from practice.

Arrive early for a Gators game, and Frazier will always be the first player out on the floor putting up shots. The hours he spends in the gym alone working on his jump shot can reach dizzying numbers. Teammates are blown away by the moments at which they arrive at the UF basketball facility only to find out Frazier has been there for hours.

Earlier this season, when a women's basketball game preceding a men's game threw off his routine, Frazier went to a separate gym to get in his early warmup.

"He puts so much time into that part of his game, we get mad at him when he doesn't shoot it," sophomore forward Dorian Finney-Smith said. "He could be 0 for 10 and we'd want him to keep shooting."

Donovan has been critical of his team recently for growing satisfied with leads. He had minimal complaints Tuesday thanks to a late run fueled by Frazier. During the game's final 10 minutes, Florida made six consecutive 3-point attempts - three of them by Frazier - and built a lead that stretched as large as 31 points. It ended in a 72-50 victory.

Frazier had a career-high 21 points.

"We said let's go out there and put our foot on their throats," Finney-Smith said, "and that's what we did."

"It shows that we're growing and maturing because there were times this year where we might have gotten complacent there," Frazier said. "That was good to see."


Official Basketball Box Score
Georgia vs Florida
1/14/14 7 p.m. at Stephen C. O'Connell Center


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VISITORS: Georgia 8-7, 2-1 SEC
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
02 Thornton, Marcus.... f  4-10   0-0    3-5    1  6  7   2  11  0  1  1  0  29
15 Williams, Donte..... f  0-3    0-0    0-0    3  1  4   3   0  2  0  0  0  23
31 Morris, Brandon..... f  2-3    0-0    0-0    1  1  2   1   4  1  1  0  2  21
04 Mann, Charles....... g  3-7    1-2    1-3    1  3  4   3   8  2  5  0  0  34
12 Gaines, Kenny....... g  1-8    0-3    2-2    1  0  1   0   4  0  2  1  0  26
03 Parker, Juwan.......    3-5    1-2    6-7    0  4  4   2  13  1  0  0  2  18
05 Dixon, Tim..........    1-2    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   2  0  1  0  0   6
11 Forte, Cameron......    1-6    0-0    0-0    1  4  5   0   2  0  2  1  0  15
24 Kessler, Houston....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
25 Geno, Kenny Paul....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  0  0  0   4
30 Frazier, J.J........    1-1    1-1    0-0    0  0  0   1   3  0  0  0  0   2
41 Cannon, John........    0-1    0-0    0-0    1  1  2   0   0  0  0  0  1   3
42 Djurisic, Nemanja...    0-2    0-1    3-4    1  1  2   1   3  0  3  0  0  18
   TEAM................                         1  2  3
   Totals..............   16-48   3-9   15-21  11 23 34  14  50  6 15  3  5 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  6-19 31.6%   2nd Half: 10-29 34.5%   Game: 33.3%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  1-5  20.0%   2nd Half:  2-4  50.0%   Game: 33.3%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  3-6  50.0%   2nd Half: 12-15 80.0%   Game: 71.4%    4


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HOME TEAM: Florida 14-2, 3-0 SEC
                          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  5-6    0-1    2-2    1  5  6   3  12  0  4  0  1  25
04 Young, Patric....... c  4-7    0-0    2-3    4  5  9   3  10  1  1  1  1  26
00 Hill, Kasey......... g  1-5    1-3    0-2    0  0  0   3   3  5  0  0  2  29
05 Wilbekin, Scottie... g  2-5    1-3    2-4    0  2  2   0   7  5  0  0  1  28
20 Frazier, Michael.... g  7-16   5-12   2-2    1  3  4   0  21  2  0  0  1  31
10 Finney-Smith, Dorian    4-9    3-5    3-6    1  4  5   2  14  3  1  0  0  25
11 Edwards, Lexx.......    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  1  0  0   1
25 Walker, DeVon.......    1-4    1-2    0-0    1  1  2   2   3  2  0  2  0  22
30 Kurtz, Jacob........    1-1    0-0    0-1    0  0  0   0   2  0  0  0  0  10
42 Donovan, Billy......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   2   0  0  1  0  1   3
   TEAM................                         3  3  6
   Totals..............   25-54  11-26  11-20  11 23 34  15  72 18  8  3  7 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 16-32 50.0%   2nd Half:  9-22 40.9%   Game: 46.3%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  4-13 30.8%   2nd Half:  7-13 53.8%   Game: 42.3%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  0-3   0.0%   2nd Half: 11-17 64.7%   Game: 55.0%    4


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Officials: Tony Greene, Ted Valentine, Rick Hartzell
Technical fouls: Georgia-None. Florida-None.
Attendance: 12051
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Georgia.......................   16   34  -   50
Florida.......................   36   36  -   72

Points in the paint-UGA 24,UF 28. Points off turnovers-UGA 13,UF 17.
2nd chance points-UGA 15,UF 8. Fast break points-UGA 6,UF 4.
Bench points-UGA 23,UF 19. Score tied-3 times. Lead changed-1 time.
Last FG-UGA 2nd-00:14, UF 2nd-03:00.
Largest lead-UGA by 2 1st-18:51, UF by 31 2nd-03:00.


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