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Florida 88, High Point 70

GAINESVILLE -- On to the big boys of the Southeastern Conference. Florida ended its easy-breezy non-conference schedule with an 88-70 win against High Point. Mo Speights had 24 points and 15 rebounds and played a career-high 31 minutes.

Florida coach Billy Donovan is happy with Mo Speights' endurance level heading into conference play. Florida opens SEC action with Alabama on Jan.8.

One of Florida's most consistent shooters at the beginning of the season, Allen's shooting touch is a bit off right now. Good news, though. He is attempting to shoot himself out the slump. Allen played nine minutes against High Point and attempted five shots, all three-pointers.

Florida forward Jonathan Mitchell is red-hot entering conference play. He was 5-of-6 from the field against High Point. Mitchell hadn't missed a shot since Dec. 5 when he missed his first shot on Wednesday night.

Oh yeah, blog. Florida up 75-58 with 7:50 to play. Speights with 22 and Jonathan Mitchell with a surprising 12.

Halftime and Speights appeared so winded at the end of the half that he needed a grad assistant to hurry him off the court. Speights with 18 points and UF leads High Point 50-34.

Speights with another dunk and Adam Allen follows with a three-pointer. Florida 46-31; 1:15.

The best thing about covering this basketball game tonight is the TV on press row, which is showing the Fiesta Bowl. West Virginia and Oklahoma are tied at 0. (And Florida leads High Point 39-29 here at the O'Dome with 2:56 left.)

Mo Speights dunks home his sixth bucket of the night. Florida leads 37-24 with 4:14 left in the half.

Florida leads 31-19 with 5:56 to play. Tyus back in for Mo Speights and still playing well (six points, three rebounds and two blocks). Should Tyus start against Alabama next week alongside Mo Speights?

Mo Speights leads the Gators with 10 points through the first 11 minutes and 24 seconds. Florida leading 24-14.

Florida up by 10 (20-10) with 11:45 to play after a Calathes lay-up.

Tyus playing great basketball tonight. He just recorded his second block of the game and has four points. Looks like Billy D is subbing him out of the game, though. Mo Speights back in. Florida 16, High Point 7; 13:40.

Big dunk by Alex Tyus gives Florida a 11-5 lead with 15:17 left in the half. Tyus follows with a defensive rebound and Chandler Parsons makes it 14-5 with a three-pointer.

About four minutes in and Florida leads 6-5 on a pair of Mo Speights put backs and a Nick Calathes backdoor cut. Speights out of the game already for Alex Tyus.

Here in the O'Dome for the Florida Gators' home game against High Point. It's all basketball all of the time now that the Gators' football season is over. The Gators are 12-2 and this is the team's final regular-season game before SEC play.

High Point (6-5) has a player named Arizona Reid. He's apparently a pretty good basketball player, averaging 24.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. Interested to see how the Gators' young defense does against him. This much I know already Arizona Reid as the best hair (dreads) and name in college basketball.

If I owned the video game College Basketball '08, Arizona Reid would be a guy I created and dominated the world with: 6-5, cool dreads, cool name and purple shoes! Ok, maybe I'd get rid of the purple shoes.


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