New York – In what was perhaps their best all-around effort of the season, Florida routed Providence 83-51 in the Air Force Reserves Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational on Tuesday.
The Gators improved to 7-3 on the season while the Friars fell to 6-6.
How it happened
Just 79 seconds into the game, Providence’s Kalif Young knocked down a jumper to tie the game at two. The tie would last eighteen seconds until Noah Locke knocked down a jumper. The Friars would never get that close again.
Florida built a 22-10 lead by the midpoint of the first half and held a 37-22 lead at the intermission.
The Gators made their first four shot attempts (two three-pointers) in the second half to increase its lead 47-28.
From there, Florida coasted to victory.
Ten Gators saw action on the court but no one had as much of an impact as sophomore Keyontae Johnson.
Johnson led all scorers, finishing with 19 points and also added a team high ten boards.
Tre Mann (13) and Ques Glover (10) each reached double-figures in the scoring column off the bench whole Noah Locke added 11 on 3-4 shooting from beyond the three-point line.
- FG% – 51
- 3FG% – 44
- FT% – 71
- Reb +/- – -4
- Assists – 15
- TO – 10
- Bench Points – 30
The Gators will head to Sunrise, Florida for a contest against Utah State in the annual Orange Bowl Classic.
The Aggies are 10-2 this season and will face USF in Houston on Wednesday.