Gainesville, FL- The Gators took on the Buccaneers of Charleston Southern Friday night, and this one was really never close. Florida won 76-46 at Exactech Arena in Gainesville.
Head coach Mike White stuck with the same starting five, of Nembhard, Allen, Hudson, Hayes, and Stone, he had versus’ Florida State. Although all struggled at one point or another in that game, some struggled more than others. Against CSU all five showed much improvement in limited minutes, as freshman Andrew Nembhard was the only player with more than 21 minutes.
Since tip-off, the Gators took control of them game and never looked back. KeVaughn Allen had a solid game, in a limited 21 minutes, which resulted in 12 points at the half. Heading into the break, Florida took a 36-20 lead. The low scoring half was due to both teams being awful from three point range, as the Buccaneers shot 2/15 and UF shot 2/12 as a team.
In the second half at the O’Connell Center Florida’s playing time was rather spread out, as 14 players got court time. The one player not to touch the hardwood is injured big man Gorjok Gak. The final half showed more promise for the Gators from three point land, as their shooting percentage climbed from 17% to 37.5%, on 6/16 shooting. In fact, their shooting as a whole increased, in the second half the Gators shot 48% from the field as a team. From then on Florida put it in cruise control, then cruised to victory.
My biggest take away from Friday night’s game was Florida’s ability to force turnovers, as a team the Gators had 12 steals, leading the way was Allen with a season high 5. CSU had 19 turnovers which resulted in 24 points off of turnovers for Mike White’s defense.
Two other things to note, one, Florida got out rebounded by CSU 39-38. Yeah, although it’s not that big of deal, especially with a small margin of one, but the Buccaneers grabbed 11 offensive rebounds to the Gators four offensive rebounds. But that stat is a little misleading, think about this, Charleston Southern grabbed 11 offensive boards and UF grabbed 34 defense rebounds, in other words the boys from North Charleston (Yes, Charleston Southern is located in the suburbs of Charleston), missed a ton of shots, they were 14/55 from the field or 25.5%.
The other take away I had is the Gators assist to turnover ration, 14 assists to eight turnovers. The ratio is much improved from Tuesday’s disaster in Tallahassee. Florida will be back in action Wednesday, November 14th against LaSalle at home.
Nembhard – 7 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists
Allen – 14 points, 5 steals
Hudson – 10 points
Ballard – 12 points, 6 rebounds
K. Johnson – 6 points, 5 rebounds
Locke – 8 points
Hayes – 6 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists
Stone – 6 points
Charleston Southern: 46
Keeling – 18 points, 5 rebounds
Shuler – 11 points
McConico – 9 rebounds