The Florida Gators and Georgetown Hoyas played a basketball game tonight but condensation was the victor. After playing a tightly contested first half with the Gators leading 27-23, condensation settling on the court proved to be too much for both teams to overcome and the game was called in the name of player safety.
In the half they did get in, there was some good and some bad, but they certainly played better than in the exhibition against Nebraska-Kearney. Kenny Boynton opened at the point in place of suspended starter Scottie Wilbekin and had six points, two assists, but four turnovers.
Will Yeguette led the way with eight points, four rebounds, one block with several hustle plays including a tie up. Erik Murphy added seven points and two rebounds and Patric Young four points and three rebounds.
The Gators shot 45 percent and were 3-10 from three point range while holding Georgetown to 37 percent shooting and were 3-12 from three. The Gators were very active on defense getting 6 turnovers and one tie up with several blocks. They did however turn the ball over eight times and gave up numerous offensive rebounds to Georgetown and that’s what kept the Hoyas in it.
The biggest question coming in was what would the starting lineup look like with Wilbekin out and Prather sidelined with a concussion. Donovan decided to go with his big lineup starting Boynton at point, Rosario at shooting guard and sliding Will Yeguette into the small forward slot opposite Erik Murphy. That certainly looked like a solid decision as Yeguette was the liveliest player on the court tonight for either team.
So the Gators and Hoyas are both still 0-0 on the season, but Gator fans have an idea how this team will look this season. The answer is very active offensively and defensively. Great motion on offense, good ball movement, and solid post play. Rebounding was pretty good too with Murphy getting dirty in the paint and Young playing big.
The only concern from tonight was the turnovers and rebounding from their zone defense. They played well in their zone which kept the Hoyas shooting percentage in check tonight. They just need to work on boxing out in zone to keep opponents off the offensive glass and correct the sloppy ball handling on offense.
Next up is Alabama State on Sunday in the O’Connell Center at 3:30 PM Eastern time.