Final: Florida 74, North Florida 59
The Gators left a lot to be desired in their season opener against UNF. For the first 10 minutes things weren’t going Florida’s way. However, with 12:32 left in the first half Florida used a 16-0 run to break the contest wide open. Florida took a 39-22 lead into half time, and frankly, they never looked back.
Coming out of the break, Florida stuck to what was working and fed Kerry Blackshear early. This extended the Gator lead to as much as 24. Although the score indicates otherwise, after the late run by Florida in the first half, the game was never in doubt.
Despite the slow start, many of the newcomers enjoyed a bit of a coming out party.
Senior transfer Kerry Blackshear solidified himself as the best transfer in the country by posting a 20-point 10-rebound game, shooting 8-11 from the floor. The freshman trio of Tre Mann, Omar Payne, and Scottie Lewis combined for another 26 points. Sophomore Noah Locke added 14 points and connected on two deep balls.
The freshman made themselves known today, as a unit they have extremely high potential.
Jason Jitoboh is a massive human, and will be a problem down low for opposing teams, especially as he continues to develop his post game.
Kerry Blackshear is as good as advertised.
Quick Stats (Florida):
- FG%: 42
- 3FG%: 20
- FT%: 72
- REB+/-: +9
- TO: 10
- Bench Points: 20
Florida looks forward to avenging a several year slide against Florida State at home Sunday at 1:00.
The game will be followed by the home opener for the Gators’ women’s basketball team against Longwood.