No. 7 Florida overwhelms Savannah State 58-40

Updated at: 11/20/2012 7:35 PM
By MARK LONG

(AP) GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Mike Rosario scored 13 points, Patric Young added a double-double and No. 7 Florida overwhelmed Savannah State 58-40 Tuesday night.

Young finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high six blocks. It was his second double-double in four games, Erik Murphy chipped in 10 points for the Gators (4-0), who played the final 13-plus minutes without leading scorer Kenny Boynton.

Boynton sprained his left ankle when the landed on an opponent’s foot while driving to the basket. He went to the locker room, returned to the bench a few minutes later and then left for good with 7:47 remaining. The Gators next play Friday against UCF.

Rashad Hassan and Cedric Smith led Savannah State with 11 points apiece. Arnold Louis added nine points and 11 boards for the Tigers (3-3).

Savannah State nearly upset the Knights two days earlier. The Tigers overcame an 18-point deficit in the second half and held a two-point lead in the final 2 minutes before fading.

They weren’t even close to competitive against Florida.

The Gators scored 15 of the first 17 points despite missing 14 of their first 18 shots. Young and Will Yeguete had the only baskets. The rest of the team started 0 for 11.

The Tigers, meanwhile, were even worse. They missed 12 of their first 13 shots and were down 20 points (24-4) with 3:36 remaining in the first half.

Savannah State made a small run, cutting the lead to 14 (28-14), but the Gators pulled away from there.

The only drama came when Boynton fell to the floor in pain. He presumably went back to the locker room to start getting treatment.

He was hardly missed in what was an expected rout, since the Gators have size, speed and talent advantages at every position.

With the game in hand, coach Billy Donovan put his four freshmen on the floor for the final few minutes.

Florida shot a season-low 35.4 percent and had 13 turnovers. The Gators also missed 10 of 28 free throws. But the huge lead and winning with such ease overshadowed the problems.

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