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Ex.2 FINAL: UF 82, Rollins 53

GAINESVILLE -- Ray Shipman dashed to the basket for the Gators' final basket of the game. It came with 4:44 left to play. UF 82, Rollins 53.

Shipman, the freshman from Miami Monsignor Pace, is emerging as the Gators' sixth man. He had 12 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals. Florida was led in scoring by sophomores Chandler Parsons and Nick Calathes, who had 16 points apiece.

LIVE BLOG BELOW

--Chandler Parsons in the game and makes a 3-pointer. UF 80, Rollins 44; 5:11.

--Interesting line-up in the for the Gators: Ray Shipman, Kenny Kadji, Erving Walker, Walter Hodge and Alex Tyus. It produced no points in two minutes.

--Senior Walter Hodge with a 3-pointer for his first points of the night. UF 75, Rollins 41; 9:06.

--A flashing move to the basket by Ray Shipman is sandwiched by 3-pointers from Erving Walker and Nick Calathes. UF 68, Rollins 39; 11:33.

--Nick Calathes makes an immediate impact in the second half with a bucket and two assists. UF 60, Rollins 30; 16:42.

FIRST HALF BELOW
Halftime at the O'Dome. First half numbers: Nick Calathes with 11 points and Ray Shipman third on the team scoring with eight. Shipman is playing well and appears to have found a spot on the floor as a defensive specialist. He has two rebounds, two assists and three steals. UF 54, Rollins 26.

--Allan Chaney with his first points of the game. UF 45, Rollins 16; 3:18. Now Allan Chaney thinks he's a point guard, taking the ball up the court. Now Chaney is getting dressed down by Billy Donovan. Now Chaney is taking a seat on the bench. Kenny Kadji showing nice range on a long jumper, UF 51, Rollins 24; 1:21 left.

--Miami's own Ray Shipman with the first 3-pointer of his UF career. UF 43, Rollins 16; 5:OO. Shipman with seven points.

--Pretty alley-oop from Nick Calathes to Alex Tyus. Tyus fouled in the process and converts. UF 40, Rollins 12; 5:56.

--Miami's own Ray Shipman just air-balled the basket on a floater but made up for it on the next play with a strip and score. Shipman was fouled on the play but did not convert the free-throw attempt. UF 37, Rollins 12; 7:42.

Kenny Kadji at the line. The freshman center is getting pushed around inside by Rollins Collge's post playes, but Kadju did just make two free throws to give UF a 35-12 lead. UF on an 18-2 run with 8:16 left in the half.

--Erving Walker not afraid to shoot the rock. The freshman just swished another 3-pointer had one rim out moments later. Ray Shipman with a nice defensive play to force a turnover. UF 31, Rollins 10; 9:46.

--Thunder Dan Werner drains a 3-pointer. UF shooting 5-of-8 from behind the arc. UF 28, Rollins 10; 10:33.

--Timeout with 11:29 left in the half. Nick Calathes just drained a 3-pointer to give UF a 24-10 lead.

--Chandler Parsons with a nice steal on a Rollins College in-bounds pass...and now a two-handed jam. Gators 21, Rollins 10; 12:00

--UF center Kenny Kadji and Miami's own Ray Shipman, guard, in the game. All Gators in the game in the first six minutes. Slightly interesting. Erving Walker strokes a 3-pointer. UF 17, Rollins 10; 13:07.

--Point guard Erving Walker in the game for Walter Hodge. Rollins hits back-to-back 3-pointers and getting to the basket nicely against the Gators early. UF 14, Rollins 8; 15:18.

--Allan Chaney in the game for Dan Werner and quickly catches a nice pass from Calathes under the basket for a transition bucket. UF 14, Rollins 5; 16:00.

--Nick Calathes and Chandler Parsons get things started quickly with back-to-back 3-pointers. Gators in a full-court press. UF 12, Rollins 2; 17:09.

--Walter Hodge is starting in place of Jai Lucas tonight. Hodge came off the bench in the Gators' first preseason game. Nick Calathes, Chandler Parsons, Alex Tyus and Dan Werner are the other starters.

PREGAME BELOW

Tonight's preseason exhibition match-up against Rollins College the Gators' first contest without sophomore point guard Jai Lucas, who is transferring after this semester. Lucas broke the news to UF coach Billy Donovan on Wednesday. Lucas' says he can be never a true point guard when sharing the court with guard Nick Calathes. I don't believe that the reason Lucas is transferring, but whatever...

A few FOOTBALL NOTES from practice on Thursday...
--Back-up quarterback Cam Newton, who was in a minor car accident earlier this week, practiced on Thursday. Newton wore a neck brace on Wednesday, one day after being in a fender bender. Meyer said Newton experienced a few headaches but is now fully healthy.

--Meyer says redshirt sophomore running back Emmanuel Moody "has practiced real hard and is playing real well" but the coach wouldn't say whether or not Moody has earned more carries after his performance against Georgia.

"We don't have a set number of, 'Give him this many touches,'" Meyer said. "There's a couple plays that maybe certain guys are better at than others, so we take that into consideration. Also, when a guy gets a hot hand we take that into consideration."

FREE GATOR CLAUSE TRANSLATION: Perhaps Moody is going to start running between the tackles, allowing Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey to focus their combined efforts outside.

-jo-

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