It’s good to have Scottie Wilbekin back. Florida put together possibly their most complete effort as they beat Jacksonville, 86-60. The Gators used hot shooting in the first half to put the game out of reach early. UF shot 83% (5-6) from long-range and 63% overall from the field. Casey Prather had 16 points to lead the Gators and Michael Frazier II added 14, going four-for-four from three-point range at the half, outscoring the Dolphins between the two of them. Florida led 48-29 at the half. Scottie Wilbekin struggled early from the field, but his stat line at halftime was good to see: Four points, five assists. Florida held JU to 34% shooting from the field in the first half. The Gators had 17 field goals and 13 assists in the first half.
The second half was much of the same. Prather had some nifty dunks and the Gators really shared the ball around. Prather finished the game with 27 points and five rebounds, continuing his offensive outburst to start the season. Prather has scored in double digits in all the games he’s played this season and has hit his career high of 27 twice. Florida made 31 field goals made and 19 assists to beat Jacksonville 86-60. Wilbekin finished with 12 points, seven assists, 5 rebounds, and three steals. Patric Young came home to Jacksonville and ended the game with a solid line, albeit with foul trouble. Young finished with 13 points and two steals. Michael Frazier II also had a really solid day, scoring 17 points on five-of-six from beyond the arc. Not to be outdone, Dorian Finney-Smith finished with his first career double-double, scoring 14 with 11 rebounds.
The Gators defense also played very well. They held a Dolphins’ team averaging over 80 points per game to 60 points, their fifth straight opponent held under 60. Florida also held JU to 37.7% shooting in the game. The only glaring weaknesses for Florida was at the free throw line where they were 16-28 for 57%. Florida also allowed Jacksonville to dominate the offensive glass with 16 offensive rebounds.
Florida will now have one of the toughest four game stretches in college basketball. The 13/15 ranked Gators will face a very good Florida State team Friday in the O’Dome, travel to Storrs, CT to take on No. 13/14 UConn, host No. 2 Kansas, then travel to Madison Square Garden in New York to square off against 21/19 Memphis. Friday’s game against the Seminoles can be seen on ESPN2 and starts at 7:30 pm.
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