On Tuesday night, the Gators took on Florida Southern in an exhibition game at Exactech Arena in Gainesville. Florida won 95-70.
The starters for Mike White’s team were Andrew Nembhard, KeVaughn Allen, Jalen Hudson, Kevarrius Hayes, and Keith Stone. All fifteen players saw action, so court time for starters was limited.
The Gators took a commanding 20 point lead at the break. They shot 54.3% from the field. The Gators followed that up by outscoring the Mocs 41-36 in the second half to with 95-70.
My three biggest take aways
1) Turnovers – Florida turned it over 15 times against a Division II team. Now, it’s not that big of a deal considering it’s a practice game, but if this team wants to compete for an SEC Championship then limiting turnovers has to be a priority. Of the 15 turnovers, ten came from the starting unit, and six of them came from point guards, Nembhard and Mike Okauru, who had three each.
2) Rebounding – Florida really struggled last year with rebounding, and was one of my biggest question marks heading into the season. The Gators pulled down 48 boards on Tuesday night, leading the way was Stone with 10, and 6’5 freshman Keyontae Johnson with 8. Both played 20 minutes.
3) Three point shooting – As a team, UF shot 51.9% from downtown, going 14/27. Five Gators made multiple treys; Hudson shot 3-6, Allen was 2-2, Noah Locke and Deaundre Ballard were also 3-6, while Dontay Bassett shot 2-2 from deep.
Stone- 4 points, 10 boards
Allen- 10 points, 5 boards, 3 blocks
Hayes- 6 points, 3 boards, 2 blocks, 2 steals
Hudson- 14 points
Nembhard- 4 points, 4 assists
Locke- 11 points
K. Johnson- 12 points, 8 boards
Okauru- 6 points, 6 boards, 4 assists
Stokes- 6 points, 1 block
Ballard- 13 points, 2 assists
Bassett- 12 points
Jonathan Lawton– 25 points, 5 boards
Brett Hanson– 9 points, 7 boards
Kai Cleary– 11 points, 8 boards