Final: Florida 102, LBSU 63

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The Florida Gators head into SEC play next weekend after a dominating effort over Long Beach State that resulted in a 102-63 victory.

Florida is now 8-4 on the season.

How it happened:

Gators freshman Omar Payne made his first career start and Florida played with a more traditional two guard, three forward lineup due to the absence of Scottie Lewis. Lewis missed action due to the concussion protocol.

The Gators started out hot, scoring on their first nine possessions and taking a 14-0 lead into the first media time out. However, that did not prelude the characteristic dry spell for the Gators, as they kept hot throughout the entire game.

The Gators didn’t slow down in the second half, as they kept pouring it on the 49ers. Noah Locke was sensational from behind the arch, and Kerry Blackshear looked like the guy he was hyped to be preseason.

In all, six Gators reached double-figures in the scoring column including: Blackshear, Keyontae Johnson, Locke, Payne, Ques Glover, and Tre Mann.

With a massive lead, the Florida bench saw a lot of action and contributed 48 points to the effort.

Fast Stats:

Blackshear: 21 points, 8 rebounds, 3-5 3FG

Johnson: 21 points, 6 rebounds, 8-12 FG

Payne: 11 points, 9 rebounds, 1 block

Nembhard: 5 points, 13 assists, 1 turnover

Locke: 16 points, 10 rebounds, 4-9 3FG

Quick Stats:

FG%: 53%

3FG%: 40%

TO: 10

Rebound +/-: +18

Up next:

The Gators will head into SEC play with a lot of momentum. They will take on Alabama to start the new year in Gainesville on Saturday, January 4th at 6:00 pm.

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