Gators Thinking Long Range; UF Prevails, but the Team Isn't Happy about Allowing 11 3-Pointers

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Byline: BRIAN STEELE

GAINESVILLE - Seven games into the season, the Florida Gators are still figuring out how to play defense.

Despite defeating Florida A&M 73-58 on Tuesday night in the O'Connell Center, UF's players and coaches weren't talking about getting a victory.

"The No. 1 goal tonight was the 3-point line," Gators forward Chandler Parsons said, "and we gave up 11 3-point shots to them tonight."

After the Rattlers tried 35 3-pointers against Arkansas on Saturday, it's natural to believe that the Gators (6-1) would be watching the 3-point line more, especially when Gators coach Billy Donovan has been preaching about 3-point defense all season. But it was still a major issue Tuesday.

"I can't remember, since I've been here, a time when we've given up 11 3-point shots made in a game," Donovan said. "We had some guys really falling asleep - older guys that you'd think could take those shots away."

So the Gators were thankful they made 10 3-pointers themselves. Still, allowing FAMU (1-6) to shoot 60 percent in the second half isn't comforting as the Gators head on the road to Tallahassee to play unbeaten Florida State on Sunday.

"We just weren't playing with passion," said Parsons, who scored 16 points and made three 3-pointers. …