Florida unable to overcome slow start; now sit at 9-5 on the season

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The Florida Gators now sit tied for last place in the Southeastern Conference standings after dropping back to back contests to open league play. The latest loss being Saturday’s 85-73 loss at Auburn.

Despite a second half surge, Mike White’s squad dropped yet another game in similar fashion to many other losses, giving the the vocal Gators fans on social media all they needed to roast the Florida head coach.

The Gators trailed by as many as thirteen in the first half, but was cut to just one with less than nine minutes to play, but another shooting drought saw the Tigers build the lead and cruise to the victory.

Auburn shot 54% from the field while the Gators made just 41% of their attempts. Florida only turned the ball over 12 times and forced the Tigers into 16.

Colin Castleton led the Gators with 22 points and 11 rebounds while Anthony Duruji added 14 and 5. Myreon Jones (13) and Tyree Appleby (11) each finished in double figures as well.

Next up for the Gators is 14-1 LSU, the nation’s No. 21 team in the nation. The Tigers are 2-0 in SEC play with wins over No. 16 Kentucky and No. 18 Tennessee.

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