The Florida Gators (16-2) made it look easy again against a conference opponent trouncing the Mississippi State Bulldogs (7-11), 82-47.
Florida put things away early tonight against these Bulldogs in contrast to Tuesday’s matchup against Georgia. There was no jet lag, just a dominant basketball team taking care of business and setting the table for walk-ons to enter the game in garbage time.
The threes rained at “The Hump” this evening as Florida hit a season high 14 from beyond the arc (previous high was 11 against UCF). The bulk of the outside shooting came from Eric Murphy and Kenny Boynton, who each had four long balls, Scottie Wilbekin also contributed three 3-pointers. Boynton and Murphy led Florida in scoring with 18 points each. Wilbekin sustained his recent offensive uptick by scoring 13 points and Patric Young was a perfect six-for-six from the field including an impressive baseline jumper showcasing rare range, as well as a bone crunching Alley-oop.
The Gators showed more of the same in regards to effort while outrebounding their opponents by a 44-20 margin. Micheal Frazier II had a game-high eight boards along with teammate and usual suspect in hustle plays Will Yeguete. The total was a career high for Frazier.
For Mississippi State, Fred Thomas led the way with 19 points and seven steals. The steals were thanks to sloppy offense by Florida who scored over 80 for the fifth time this season while committing 14 turnovers.
The total is slightly above Florida’s season average of 11.5, and is something the Gators will need to keep to a minimum with South Carolina coming to visit Wednesday January 30th.
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