Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Roberson Coming through; Junior Guard Has Been Gators' Go-To Player in Absence of Walsh

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Roberson Coming through; Junior Guard Has Been Gators' Go-To Player in Absence of Walsh

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Byline: Michael DiRocco, The Times-Union

GAINESVILLE -- Florida coach Billy Donovan has said several times this season that the Gators do not have a player who is capable of taking over a game.

They have in their last two games.

Guard Anthony Roberson has played the best basketball of his career in wins over Auburn and Vanderbilt. The junior from Saginaw, Mich., scored 64 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had six assists, three turnovers and three steals.

Roberson had 34 points and nine rebounds -- and scored 10 points in OT -- in the win at Auburn last Wednesday. He had 30 points in a rout at Vandy on Saturday.

That seems to show he's able to take over a game.

"I'm just going out every night and trying to give my all and trying to give my team a lift whenever I can," Roberson said as the Gators (11-3, 3-0 SEC) prepared for today's game against Tennessee (9-7, 2-2) at the O'Connell Center. "I'm trying to make plays and I think I've been doing that so far.

"I've just had the mind-set to go into a game and make plays and be the type of player who's going to create for my teammates. That's what I've been trying to do, be a play-maker, and it has been working in my favor."

Despite his impressive statistics the past two games, Donovan still won't budge from his original comments. It's hard for anyone to take over a college game offensively, Donovan said, but it is possible to do it as a rebounder or on defense.

He's not taking anything from what Roberson has done, just choosing to heap the praise on Roberson's decision-making. Taking better shots -- Roberson has been criticized for making poor shooting choices throughout his career -- is why he's having such success, Donovan said.

"Anthony has made some very good decisions in terms of when to shoot and when not to shoot," Donovan said. "I always try to look at his field-goal percentage from the 3-point line and from inside the 3-point line. If you look at his stats right now, I think he is shooting about 52 percent from the 3-point line and about 52 percent from the field [in SEC games]. That's a pretty good indication to me that he is taking good shots. …

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