No. 4 Florida thumps South Carolina 75-36
Posted at: 01/30/2013 8:37 PM
By MARK LONG
(AP) GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Kenny Boynton and Mike Rosario scored 15 points apiece and No. 4 Florida dominated another Southeastern Conference opponent, drubbing South Carolina 75-36 Wednesday night.
The Gators, who won their ninth game in a row, led 33-10 at halftime and made their first five shots after the break. They opened a 31-point lead that seemingly couldn’t get any more lopsided.
Then it did.
Florida (17-2, 7-0 SEC) pulled ahead 55-15 on Scottie Wilbekin’s floater in the lane with 12:32 remaining, sending the happy home crowd to the exits even earlier than usual this season.
The Gamecocks (12-8, 2-5), meanwhile, seemed dazed on the floor and the bench.
Michael Carrera led South Carolina with 13 points and nine rebounds. None of his teammates reached double figures.
The Gators have enjoyed seven blowouts in as many conference games. They won the first six by an average of 26.5 points. This one made those seem like nail-biters.
Florida overwhelmed South Carolina from the opening tip, doing just about everything right.
It had to ease coach Billy Donovan’s mind some. After all, the Gators came into the game with their highest ranking since the 2006-07 season, and Donovan expressed concern earlier in this week when he talked about his players needing to "drive our car with two hands on the wheel inside the lane and looking at what’s in front."
The Gators had no issues staying focused.
In fact, they probably could have been stopped for speeding.
Florida led 11-2 in the first 6 minutes of the game, pulled ahead 21-4 at the halfway point of the first half and probably could have named their score after that.
The Gamecocks had three baskets, two assists and 11 turnovers at the break. Guards Bruce Ellington and Eric Smith had four points between them, combining to go 1 for 9 from the field. They also combined for seven turnovers and no assists.
About the only things that went wrong for Florida were free throws.
The Gators missed nine of 16 shots from the charity stripe in the first half, five of them by Pat Young.
Still, it was a minor bump in a blowout.
Florida shot 53 percent from the field, made 12 of 21 shots from 3-point range and dominated on the glass.
Young, Wilbekin and Erik Murphy had eight points apiece for the Gators. Michael Frazier chipped in 12 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Frazier made all four of his shots from beyond the arc. Even forward Casey Prather, who was not expected to play while recovering from a high ankle sprain, got in the game.
South Carolina shot 31 percent from the field, went 2 of 14 from 3-point range and finished with 17 turnovers. The Gamecocks were outrebounded 38-24 and lost for the fifth time in their last seven games.
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