The Florida Gators men’s basketball team defeated the Savannah State Tigers Tuesday evening 58-40 behind the post presence of Patric Young and the perimeter shooting of Mike Rosario. Young finished with a double-double scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 blocked shots against the smaller Savannah State lineup. Rosario tied Young with a game high 13 points on 4-10 shooting from the field with a pair of three pointers to start the second half, 3 assists, and 2 steals.
While this one was a yawner and never in doubt, the biggest news from the evening was Kenny Boynton leaving the game early in the second half with an ankle sprain. Boynton landed awkwardly on a defender’s foot on a drive to the basket and was taken to the lockerroom for treatment. After the game head coach Billy Donovan said that Boynton could have come back in the game but was not needed and that he will be fine. Donovan said he expects Boynton to miss practice tomorrow but should not miss any games.
Senior forward Erik Murphy had another solid game with 10 points and five rebounds while forward Will Yeguete chipped in with 7 points and 6 rebounds. Boynton finished with 5 points, 1 rebound, and 1 assist, while Scottie Wilbekin added 4 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists off the bench.
The Tigers were led by senior forward Rashad Hassan and senior guard Cedric Smith both with 11 points apiece. Hassan added 8 rebounds and a pair of assists while Smith added 6 rebounds and 1 assist. Senior forward Arnold Lewis came off the bench to lead the Tigers in rebounding with 11 and chipped in 9 points.
The Gators started slow in this one missing 14 of their first 18 shots but Savannah State was even worse missing 12 of their first 13 shots. Despite their horrid shooting start, the Gators went up 15-2 and pushed it to 24-4 with just over 3 minutes left in the first half before the Tigers went on a run to close the half with a 28-14 deficit.
The Gators shot a season low 35 percent from the floor and once again played sloppy with 13 turnovers and horrible free throw shooting finishing 18-28, a meager 65 percent shooting effort.
Next up for the Gators is the University of Central Florida Golden Knights Friday at the O’Dome in Gainesville. Tipoff is set for 4 pm est and once again will be televised by Sun/FoxSports South.