FINAL: FLORIDA STATE 83, FLORIDA 66
GAINESVILLE, FL- The #5 ranked Florida Gators looked like a team that hadn’t played in over a week. The shots wouldn’t fall, and the turnovers amounted to too much for the Gators to overcome against an undefeated Florida State team. The Seminoles have now won four straight games against Florida.
The Gators made only six three pointers and only 21 total field goals over the course of the game. Florida entered the game averaging 99.5 points. The poor shooting was evident from the onset of the game. The Gators found themselves trailing 10-1 just two and a half minutes into the game. Florida would eventually go on a run, and even managed to take a lead just over midway through the first half. But the Seminoles were relentless and took over in the second half.
Florida State attacked the paint at will against the Gators. The Seminoles also outrebounded Florida by a 51-34 margin including grabbing 23 offensive boards. Florida turned the ball over 17 times while FSU was only forced into 12. The Gators shot 36% for the game, and only 24% beyond the arc.
Jalen Hudson led Florida with 16 points while KeVaughn Allen added 15. Egor Koulechov contributed 11 points in the effort. Deaundrae Ballard finished with a team high nine rebounds. Chris Chiozza finished with a team leading four assists.
Hudson, Allen, Koulechov, and Chiozza finished a combined 13-40 from the field and 4-20 from deep.
Florida’s defense did play very well until Florida State began to put the game away, but it’s clear that this team has no inside game. If shots aren’t going down, and Florida turns the ball over, it’s going to be very difficult to win games, at least until January when 6’11 center John Egbunu is expected to return.
- FSU: 7-0
- FLORIDA: 5-2
Florida will face Loyola-Chicago on Wednesday at Exactech Arena. The Ramblers are 8-1 on the season and defeated UIC 85-61 on Saturday. Aundre Jackson led the Ramblers with 23 points on 10-11 shooting in the contest.
Florida vs Loyola-Chicago
December 6, 2017
8:00 PM / Exactech Arena