The Florida Gators jumped out to a 47-9 half-time lead against overmatched Alabama State today on the strength of a 32- 4 run to close out the half. The rest, as they say, was history as the Gators won their 22nd consecutive opener and 17th under Billy Donovan.
Florida was simply too big, too strong, and way too athletic for the Hornets of the SWAC as they shot a blistering 60 percent in the first half while holding ASU to an unheard of 8 percent. With Patric Young, who had a double-double with 12 points and a game high 12 rebounds, defending the paint like a pitbull guarding his food bowl and Kenny Boynton and Erik Murphy dropping three point bombs the Hornets never really had a chance.
Showing a fantastic inside-outside game the Gators could do no wrong in the first half. At one point four different Gator players had outscored the entire Hornet team and early in the second half the Hornets had almost as many turnovers (17) as points (18).
They stretched the lead of 65-16 midway through the second half, and after some sloppy play Donovan made a wholesale substitution. He put four members of the heralded freshman class, Michael Frazier, Braxton Ogbueze, Devon Walker, and Dillon Graham out on the floor along side Will Yeguette. Even walk-on Jacob Kurtz got into the game.
The only drama from that point forward was if the Hornets would actually be able to outscore Boynton who led all scorers with 22 on 8-10 shooting and 4-4 from three as well as 5 assists. Erik Murphy added 15 points, Mike Rosario chipped in 14, and Will Yeguette scored 3 points with 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Kenny Boynton and Michael Frazier added 6 rebounds a piece. Freshman Braxton Ogbueze chipped in with 7 points and 4 rebounds.
Up next for the Gators (1-0) is a huge inter-sectional match-up with Big 10 power Wisconsin (1-0) on Wednesday in the O’Connell Center. Tip off will be at 7:00 PM Eastern time and will be broadcast live on ESPN 2