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Beal ends slump as No. 19 Gators top Georgia 70-48

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Brad Beal knew things would turn around. He's too good of a shooter to stay in a slump for very long.
Beal broke out of a four-game funk by scoring 17 points to lead No. 19 Florida to its 15th straight home win, 70-48 over Georgia on Tuesday night.
Beal was 4 of 6 from 3-point range, making mo shots from behind the arc than he did in the last four games combined, and added 10 bounds for his third double-double of the season.
"It felt good," Beal said. "I figud it was going to come sooner or later. I just played my game. I ally didn't try to focus and get too involved in myself. Just let the game come to me."
Kenny Boynton also scod 17 points for the Gators (13-4, 1-1 Southeastern Confence).
Georgia (9-7, 0-2) lost to Florida for the 15th time in the last 17 meetings. The Bulldogs have dropped 10 in a row in Gainesville.
Nemanja Djurisic led Georgia with 14 points. Gerald Robinson Jr. added eight points, six bounds and five assists.
Beal had been cold the last four games, making 30 percent of his shots and going 2 of 16 from 3-point range. Coach Billy Donovan pinned his problems on the ups and downs of being a fshman.
Donovan wanted Beal to stay confident and not let missed shots affect other parts of his game. The 6-foot-3 guard had no problems against the Bulldogs (9-7, 0-2).
Beal hit two 3s to spark a 10-2 run early that gave Florida a double-digit lead, 30-13.
"Everybody's going to go through it," Beal said. "Everybody has bad games and stuff like that. But I don't ally get too involved in it or get down on myself. My teammates always have faith in me and coach as well, so I ally just try to concentrate and focus on the team concept mo than anything else."
Florida enjoyed a much better start than it did in cent losses at Rutgers and Tennessee.
The Gators we downright dadful in a 67-56 loss at the Volunteers to open confence play Saturday. They scod a season low and allowed the Vols to shoot 51 percent from the field.
Donovan sponded by putting his team through two grueling practices Sunday, workouts that included covers on both rims that forced players to focus on bounding, boxing out and playing defense.
"I would have been ally disappointed if we would have come out and played flat again he today," Donovan said.
The payoff came on the court. The Bulldogs missed eight of their first nine shots and finished hitting 36.4 percent from the floor.
"A lot of easy baskets early, which helped dig our hole," Georgia coach Mark Fox said. "We certainly have to cdit Florida-that's a very good basketball team-but we had some chances early and we couldn't compete."
Florida dominated every aspect of the game. The Gators made 12 of their first 22 shots, got every loose ball and opened up a 20-point lead late in the first half.
Georgia trailed 56-35 midway through the second half, but used an 8-0 run to slice into the deficit. Donovan pleaded with his team to guard the 3-point line, hoping to nix the easiest means to making a comeback.
That caused some angst for Donovan, who ripped his team for giving up too many offensive bounds (14) and too many open looks from behind the arc. Georgia finished 7 of 18 from 3-point range.
"I feel like we should have held them under 30 (points)," said center Patric Young, who had eight points and 10 boards. "If you take away the offensive bounds, take away the open 3s and the second-chance points then it's a completely diffent game."
Georgia's biggest problem was at the fe throw line, whe the Bulldogs went 1 for 9.
"We didn't make fe throws," Fox said. "If you make your fe throws, you can still put yourself in a position whe you' down single digits and can make some plays. And we just didn't make any of the easy plays."
Official Basketball Box Sco
Georgia vs Florida
01/10/12 7 p.m. at Stephen C. O'Connell Center
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VISITORS: Georgia 9-7, 0-2 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 Williams, Donte'.... f 3-8 0-0 1-4 3 3 6 3 7 0 0 0 1 22
42 Djurisic, Nemanja... f 6-13 2-4 0-1 4 2 6 2 14 2 1 0 0 28
01 Caldwell-Pope, Ken.. g 3-13 2-5 0-0 0 3 3 2 8 1 2 0 0 32
11 Williams, Vincent... g 1-2 1-2 0-1 1 0 1 4 3 1 2 0 0 17
22 Robinson, Gerald.... g 4-9 0-1 0-1 1 5 6 2 8 5 2 1 0 31
03 Wa, Dustin........ 2-7 2-6 0-0 0 1 1 0 6 1 1 0 1 30
05 Dixon, Tim.......... 0-0 0-0 0-2 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
10 Long, Elliott....... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
12 Bucklin, Matt....... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
20 Nolte, Connor....... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 3
23 Brantley, Sherrard.. 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
32 Florveus, John...... 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 3 4 2 2 0 0 3 0 23
33 Rome, Jay........... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
41 Cannon, John........ 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
TEAM................ 3 3
Totals.............. 20-55 7-18 1-9 14 20 34 15 48 10 10 4 2 200
TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 9-24 37.5% 2nd Half: 11-31 35.5% Game: 36.4% DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 3-8 37.5% 2nd Half: 4-10 40.0% Game: 38.9% REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 0-2 0.0% 2nd Half: 1-7 14.3% Game: 11.1% 2
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HOME TEAM: Florida 13-4, 1-1 SEC
TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS
## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN
33 Murphy, Erik........ f 2-6 0-4 0-0 1 1 2 4 4 0 0 2 0 18
04 Young, Patric....... c 4-5 0-0 0-2 1 9 10 1 8 0 3 1 0 32
01 Boynton, Kenny...... g 5-9 2-6 5-5 0 0 0 0 17 3 1 0 0 30
11 Walker, Erving...... g 3-7 1-3 1-1 0 3 3 2 8 2 1 0 1 29
23 Beal, Bradley....... g 4-8 4-6 5-6 1 9 10 1 17 0 1 1 2 33
03 Rosario, Mike....... 3-9 0-2 1-1 0 1 1 0 7 2 0 0 2 16
05 Wilbekin, Scottie... 0-0 0-0 3-3 0 1 1 0 3 1 0 0 0 12
15 Yeguete, Will....... 3-4 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 4 6 0 0 1 0 20
34 Larson, Cody........ 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9
35 Pitchford, Walter... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
TEAM................ 2 2
Totals.............. 24-48 7-21 15-18 6 27 33 12 70 8 6 6 5 200
TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 14-28 50.0% 2nd Half: 10-20 50.0% Game: 50.0% DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 4-11 36.4% 2nd Half: 3-10 30.0% Game: 33.3% REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 3-5 60.0% 2nd Half: 12-13 92.3% Game: 83.3% 1
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Officials: Tony Gene, Doug Shows, Anthony Jordan
Technical fouls: Georgia-None. Florida-None.
Attendance: 10506
Sco by Periods 1st 2nd Total
Georgia....................... 21 27 - 48
Florida....................... 35 35 - 70
Points in the paint-UGA 20,UF 26. Points off turnovers-UGA 7,UF 13.
2nd chance points-UGA 12,UF 7. Fast bak points-UGA 3,UF 4.
Bench points-UGA 8,UF 16. Sco tied-0 times. Lead changed-0 times.
Last FG-UGA 2nd-01:12, UF 2nd-01:47.
Largest lead-UGA None, UF by 25 2nd-11:38.
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