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FINAL: UF 88, Rutgers 63

FINAL

GAINESVILLE -- That's all, folks. Florida beat Rutgers 88-63 and five players scored in double figures: Marreese Speights (18), Jai Lucas (15), Walter Hodge (14), Nick Calathes (11) and Dan Werner (10). Florida outrebounded Rutgers 43-28.

Dan Werner is having his best game as a Gator. With 1:50 left in the game he has 10 points and nine rebounds. Florida 85-61; 1:34.

The students are singing Paul Simon now (per tradition) and Florida leads by 19 with 6:54 left. Jonathan Mitchell is in and playing well. He swished a three-pointer with 8:42 left and then forced a turnover.

Country Boy Adam Allen is going to kill himself on the court this season. He just absorbed a charge a few plays after going hard to the court for an offensive rebound. Meanwhile, Marreese Speights with two pretty turnaround baby-hooks and a nice putback. Florida 65, Rutgers 48; 11:57.

Here's Chandler Parsons in a nutshell so far this season. He just swished a three-pointer but moments later failed to rotate over on defense and allowed an easy Rutgers lay-up. Like Parsons, Florida is pretty good but they still have a lot to learn. Florida 59, Rutgers 46; 14:43.

Florida is playing great transition basketball to start the second half. Calathes scored an easy lay-up on a fastbreak and Speights just dunked after a Dan Werner steal. Florida 56-42; 16:21.

One leg of the Gators' doubleheader down and one to go. Inside the O'Dome now following the Gators' football win against Florida Atlantic. The basketball Gators are leading Rutgers 48-33 at halftime thanks to a 17-2 run to end the period. The game was tied at 31-all with 5:51 left in the half before Florida's lead ballooned to 15. The flurry of points featured two three-pointers from junior Walter Hodge, another from freshman Jai Lucas and a sweet alley-oop from Nick Calathes to Marreese Speights.

UF'S HALFTIME LEADERS
Walter Hodge nine points (all on three-pointers)
Jai Lucas eight points (two three-pointers)
Mo Speights eight points (one alley-oop from Nick Calathes)
Nick Calathes seven points, three rebounds, two assists
Dan Werner six points, five rebounds

-jo-

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