The 208th installment in the book of Florida-Georgia basketball is complete, and even in the early minutes of the game, you could pretty much write down a Gator W in pen. #7 Florida trampled arch-rival Georgia 72-50 on Patric Young Beard Night at the O’Dome, staying perfect in conference play.
With this win, Florida (14-2, 3-0 SEC) also set a new school record for consecutive home wins with 25, breaking the 24-game streak set by the back-to-back national championship teams in 2006 and 2007.
Although they were without leading scorer Casey Prather for the second game in a row, the Gators ran rampant over the overmatched Bulldogs (8-7, 2-1 SEC). Sophomore Michael Frazier II scored a career-high 21 points and also shot 5 for 12 on three-pointers. Florida actually hit 11 of 26 shots from the arc, marking the first time this season they have scored double-digit threes.
The first half was not a good one for Georgia, whose fate was all but sealed when Florida, off a 24-4 run, built a 20-point lead with less than five minutes to go. The Bulldogs ended up scoring only 16 points in the first half, the lowest turnout since scoring 21 points in the first half against Gardner-Webb on Dec. 19. They also committed 12 turnovers, allowing Florida to score 16 points. The home crowd of 12,051-strong, some of who were sporting fake orange beards honoring Patric Young, may have had an effect on Georgia’s play.
Georgia’s offensive production improved in the second half, but they still missed great opportunities to score and let the Gators beat them to rebounds. Both teams ended up tied when it came to rebounds, totaling 34 each. Coming into this game, the Bulldogs were 8-0 when they out-rebounded their opponent and 0-6 when they didn’t.
Will Yeguete scored a season-high 12 points for Florida, while bench player Juwan Parker led Georgia with 13.
Florida will next travel to Auburn to face the Tigers (8-5, 0-2 SEC). Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18.