Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gators Notebook; Guard Boynton Is Still Struggling to Sink Shots

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gators Notebook; Guard Boynton Is Still Struggling to Sink Shots

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Byline: Hays Carlyon

NASHVILLE, TENN. | Florida's offense hummed during its 80-58 win over LSU in the Southeastern Conference Tournament quarterfinals on Friday.

However, guard Kenny Boynton continues to struggle with his shot.

The senior averages 12.5 points a game to lead the 13th-ranked Gators but scored two against the Tigers. Boynton went 1 of 7 from the field and missed all four of his 3-point attempts. In his last seven games, Boynton has shot 25 percent from the 3-point area (9 of 36).

The slump is fairly shocking. Boynton is the school's all-time leader in 3-pointers with 324 and has scored the second-most points in school history (1,966).

Boynton once had a streak where he made a 3-pointer in 34 consecutive games. He's failed to hit a 3-pointer in two of UF's last five games.

"I missed wide-open shots," Boynton said. "Coach [Billy Donovan] just told me one of these days it's going to come and when it comes, it's going to come big. So he told me just keep taking shots."

Boynton says he's shooting well in practice. He made up for his lack of shooting against LSU by leading UF with seven assists. The total was Boynton's highest in the last 11 games. He also only committed one turnover.

"I really thought he played well," Donovan said. "If shots aren't falling, there's other ways to contribute to our team other than scoring. I think Kenny took that to heart today."

Donovan was been critical at times of Boynton's shot selection when he's struggled this season but didn't feel that way Friday.

"Kenny took really good shots today," Donovan said. "I thought he had really good, clean looks. They didn't go in. I have confidence when he takes those kinds of shots that he can go on a run."


Donovan called Florida's rebounding a "major problem" on Monday. He said the Gators would practice with bubbles on the baskets to prevent shots from falling in order to get their rebounding edge back. …

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