Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

All Gators, No Seminoles; UF, in a Major Rout, Hands FSU Its Worst Loss in Series since 1999

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

All Gators, No Seminoles; UF, in a Major Rout, Hands FSU Its Worst Loss in Series since 1999

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Byline: Garry Smits

TALLAHASSEE | The University of Florida basketball team rolled on.

Florida State's reached alarming new depths, moving one of the Seminoles assistants to turn to coach Leonard Hamilton in the second half and ask: "Can we be this bad?"

They were on Wednesday.

The sixth-ranked Gators remained undefeated by routing the Seminoles 72-47 at the Donald L. Tucker Center, the worst beating Florida has laid on FSU since a 96-61 victory in Gainesville on Nov. 19, 1999.

UF (7-0) beat FSU (4-4) for the fourth time in a row and gave the 'Noles their third consecutive loss after a 4-1 start.

The Seminoles scored the lowest number of points ever at the Tucker Center. The previous low point total at the Tucker Center for FSU was 48 points against North Carolina on Dec. 22, 2002.

Florida, second in the nation in scoring defense, held an opponent to less than 50 points for the fifth time this season and got off to the third 7-0 start under coach Billy Donovan.

"I think we're finding out that our sum is bigger than one or two individuals," said Donovan, who pointed out that the team has gone undefeated despite injuries to Casey Prather and Erik Murphy and the suspension of Scottie Wilbekin with the season still in its early stages. "We can get better. We can improve."

Guards Kenny Boynton and Mike Rosario led Florida with 14 points each and freshman guard Michael Frazier added 12 points, all in the second half. Boynton passed Stacy Poole of Jacksonville for fifth place on the Gators' all-time scoring list.

Wilbekin provided a huge defensive lift with five steals, and also had five assists.

"He's the basketball Honey Badger," said Gator forward Patric Young of Jacksonville, who had 10 points and eight rebounds. "He's been doing this in practice all the time."

The Gators held FSU to 5-of-20 shooting in the first half as they pressed effectively, then extended their zone defense in halfcourt to shut off the Seminoles' 3-point shooting. …

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