Florida did not cut down the nets on Saturday as expected to celebrate its Southeastern Conference Championship. No worries for the sold-out crowd — the Gators managed to put on a show anyway.
No. 1 Florida put together a dominant, well-rounded win over LSU 79-61 on Saturday afternoon in the O’Dome.
The Gators moved to 31 straight home wins and 21 straight wins this season with the victory.
The outcome of this game was never in question. Florida (27-2, 16-0 SEC) led 41-25 at halftime and never looked back from there.
A big part of the Gators’ game was 3-pointers. Florida came in sitting in the bottom half (ranked ninth) of the SEC when it came to shooting behind the arc, but finished the game with a 56.3 3-point shooting percentage. It opened the game making 13 of its first 21 3-point shots. This performance marked just the fourth time this season that the Gators reached double digits in 3-pointers made.
Defensively, Florida shut LSU (17-11, 8-8 SEC) down. The Tigers were ranked first in the conference in scoring offense in SEC games, averaging 76.8 points per contest. But their 61-point output turned out to be the second lowest of the season. LSU had scored at least 70 points in every SEC game this season but three. This game was one of them.
Dorian Finney-Smith led Florida with 16 points off the bench, and Michael Frazier II and Casey Prather added 14 apiece. Kasey Hill, who returned to the court after missing the last three games due to a groin injury, scored four points. Johnny O’Bryant III contributed 18 points for LSU.
Florida will next head to Columbia to face South Carolina (11-18, 4-12 SEC). Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4.