Patric Young stepped to the free-throw line with 9:46 remaining in the second half and 998 career points on his resume.
He made the first one. 999 points. The Gator faithful rumbled in anticipation. He smiled.
He missed the second one.
With his career free-throw percentage at 55.4 (prior to this game), it was somewhat typical for Young to get stuck at 999 because of a missed free throw. It was also typical how he finally earned his 1,000 and 1,001 points a few minutes later — off a tip-in from a Casey Prather shot — and became the 50th Gator with 1,000 career points scored.
With his team-leading 15 points, Young and Florida (10-2) easily put away Savannah State (2-11) 76-34. The 42-point difference was the Gators’ largest margin of victory of the season.
Scoring began with a layup from Prather 44 seconds into the first half, which established a lead the Gators would not relinquish. Florida dominated essentially all aspects of the game, especially turnovers, scoring 34 points off turnovers to the Tigers’ 8.
Along with Young, Prather, senior guard Scottie Wilbekin and sophomore guard Michael Frazier II scored in the double-digits, combining for 31 points.
Senior forward Jyles Smith led in points (8), rebounds (8) and blocks (3) for Savannah State.
With two more wins, the Gators could tie the school record of 24 consecutive home victories, set in 2007.
Florida will next face Richmond (9-4) at home. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4.