GAINESVILLE -- OK, here's a possible problem. Florida Gators Vernon Macklin might not be an All-American, guys. He might not be the answer to all of UF's inside problems over the past two seasons.
Macklin finished his first exhibition game with seven points and four rebounds in 23 minutes. Chalk it up to rust, right? Well, maybe not. Macklin had six points and three rebounds on Monday night against Webber International and in the second half had trouble getting open underneath the basket. Florida defeated Webber 104-53. Florida begins the regular season on Sunday with a home game against Stetson.
Chandler Parsons led the Gators with nine rebounds on Monday. Center Kenny Kadji had eight rebounds and so did Alex Tyus. Don't be surprised to see Alex Tyus back at center at some point this season if things go badly for Macklin. If Macklin continues to struggle, look for coach Billy Donovan to gradually increase the role of freshman center Erik Murphy. Murphy played well at times on Monday.
On a positive note, UF guard Kenny Boynton Jr. of Pompano Beach is an excellent shooter. He made 5 of 8 from three-point range on Monday and finished with 25 points. Last week, Boynton made five 3-pointers in his UF exhibition debut against Saint Leo.
Another positive to take away from Monday night: Florida sophomore Ray Shipman played with a level of confidence he did not show last week. Shipman was UF's most active player and finished with 16 points (7-11 shooting), five rebounds and three steals.
Point guard Erving Walker had 12 points and nine assists. Parsons finished with 12 points. Kadji had 11.
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Rod Tishman almost smacked me in the face on press row with a bad pass. Don't kill me, Rod. UF 90, Webber 43; 4:46.
Rod Tishman in the game ... looking fly. UF 88, Webber 36; 7:17.
Gators on an 18-4 second-half run after consecutive 3-pointers by Erving Walker and Dan Werner. UF 86, Webber 34; 7:52. Boynton with 23 points.Shipman with 16. Parsons with 12. Walker with 10.
Ray Shipman with another steal and another dunk. Shipman has been excellent in full-court press tonight. UF 80, Webber 32; 10:19.
Timeout with 11:58 to play. UF 73, Webber 32. Too early to really analysis anything about this team other than Kenny Boynton can shoot and is just as quick down the court as Erving Walker. Inside game seems like it could be a problem, especially against teams like Kentucky with Patterson and Cousins.
Perimeter defense has been solid. Florida has only allowed two 3-pointers in two games, granted it's Saint Leo and Webber International, but usually these small-school teams have one of two good shooters.
Kenny Boynton Jr. begins the second half with another 3-pointer. Kid is pretty good; 5 of 8 from 3-point range. UF 68, Webber 30; 15:50.
UF with rare 51-10 run to end the first half. UF 54, Webber 23
Rowdy Reptiles now feel compelled to heckle Webber International co-eds with chants of "We're in high school" after said co-eds danced and cheered during a timeout.
Rod Tishman in the game ... looking fly. UF 46; Webber 21; 3:54.
Another Ray Shipman strip. Another Ray Shipman dunk. UF 46, Webber 21; 4:20. Shipman with 12 points on 5 of 7 shooting.
Ray Shipman slams home a missed 3-pointer by Erving Walker. Shipman screams. Still screaming. Stop screaming, Ray, it's Webber International. Boynton with another 3-pointer. He is now 4 of 5 from distance. UF 44, Webber 21; 5:00. Boynton with 12 points.
KBJ with another 3-pointer. It's already apparent. Only Boynton should shot. Boynton is 3 of 4 from 3-point range. UF 31, Webber 19; 7:15.
High energy by Ray Shipman. Super Sub Ray! Shipman, Boynton and Tyus lead UF scorers with six points apiece. UF 28, Webber 19; 7:52.
After jumping out to a 15-8 lead, Webber hasn't scored in over five minutes. UF 24, Webber 15 after back-to-back lay ups by Alex Tyus; 9:43.
Big play by Ray Shipman, who subbed in the game with 14:11 to play and hasn't left the court. Shipman stole the ball in full-court press, dunked it, drew the foul and converted the free throw to give UF a 20-15 lead with 11:38 to play.
First timeout of the game. Kenny Kadji subbed in and picked up two quick fouls. Florida's inside presence? What inside presence.
Webber guard throws ball off of Parsons' face. Ouch! No respect. No respect. 12:50
Chandler Parsons subs in for Florida and ties the game. UF 15, Webber 15; 13:58.
Kenny Boynton keeping Florida close here in the opening minutes. Boynton with two 3-pointers in under a minute. Webber 15, Gators 11; 15:05. Another dunk by Webber.
Webber International Warriors leading the Gators' 11-3; 17:11. Gators looking sloppy in side. Back-to-back dunks by Webber.
Here's starting line ups for tonight's game between the Florida Gators and Webber International. Things to watch for tonight: Will freshman Kenny Boynton Jr. of Pompano Beach match his shooting performance in the Gators' first exhibition game? Boynton made 5 3-pointers last week. Will UF center Vernon Macklin improve inside?
F Dan Werner (6-8) 8.9 ppg/4.9 rpg
F Alex Tyus (6-8) 12.5 ppg/6.2 rpg
C Vernon Macklin (6-10)
G Kenny Boynton (6-2)
G Erving Walker (5-8)
F Mark Marlar (6-3) 6.0 ppg
F Tyler Harper (6-5) 10.0 ppg
G Halston Schaffer (6-4) 21 ppg/8.0 rpg
G Luke Malar (5-10) 8.0 ppg
G Tyler Hoevenaar (5-11)