Feb. 14, 2012; Florida Gators forward Patric Young (4) battles for possession of the ball with Alabama Crimson Tide guard Charles Hankerson, Jr. (2) during the second half at Coleman Coliseum. Florida won 61-52. Kelly Lambert-US PRESSWIRE

Florida Gators 61 – Alabama Crimson Tide 52; 20th Win Finally Comes


The No. 12/14 Florida Gators traveled to Tuscaloosa on Tuesday night to face the Alabama Crimson Tide. Florida didn’t shoot particularly well and scored far below their season average, but the Gators bounced back from a two-loss week to beat the Tide 61-52. The win was Florida’s 20th in 2011-12 and marks the 14th-straight season head coach Billy Donovan has hit that number with the Gators.

Despite a night in which Bradley Beal, Kenny Boynton and Erving Walker couldn’t find their shot and the Gators didn’t get a single point off of the bench, Florida got the win thanks to a strong second half. Percentages being what they were, Beal still managed 14 points and Walker led the team with seven assists. The stars were forwards Erik Murphy and Patric Young. With Will Yeguete sidelined due to the concussion he suffered against Tennessee, Murphy and Young were expected to contribute even more than usual. Murphy had 14 points a team-high four steals and Young led the Gators with 19 points on 9-for-12 shooting in only 22 minutes.

The win pushed Florida’s record to 20-6 (8-3 SEC) and keeps the Gators firmly in second place of the SEC. Florida has a few days off before traveling to Arkansas to face the Razorbacks on Saturday.

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