Final: Florida State 63, Florida 51
Gainesville, FL– The drought continues for the Gators, as they fall victim to the Seminoles in basketball once again, this time by a 63-51 final score. The Gators essentially gave this game away, with poor shooting, poor defense and turnovers.
This game was ugly from top to bottom, especially for the Gators.
It was a slow start for both teams, as through the first 5 minutes of the game it was only 5-5, and by the midpoint if the first half the score was 12-10. Florida state took advantage and took a 25-21 lead into halftime.
The Gators continued the slow start into the second half and fell behind early thanks to a 6-0 run for the Noles. From there, the Noles cruised to victory, with little resistance from Florida.
The Gators certainly didn’t help themselves today on offense, going 4-22 from downtown. Big man Kerry Blackshear went 0-5 from the floor tonight, though racked up 10 points from the charity strike (10-14).
With all the hype and momentum going into the season, the young Gators roster took a stumble this weekend. By no means is this loss indicative of the type of play we should see for this season, however, Mike White does not have much to be pleased with.
Florida still lives and dies by the 3-point shot, today it killed them.
There will be a learning curve for the Gators early, but they should have it figured out down the stretch as the talent is there.
Turnovers will need to be improved if the Gators hope to reach their full potential.
3-point FG%: 18
REB +/-: +2
Bench Points: 9
The Gators look to move forward from this on Wednesday taking on Towson at home before traveling to UCONN next weekend.