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(LIVE BLOG FINAL) Florida Gators 80; Troy 58; Dominant second half propels Gators

GAINESVILLE -- The Gators scored 59 second-half points to defeat Troy 80-58 on Friday night at the O'Connell Center.

The Gators (3-0) trailed the Trojans 32-31 at halftime. After that, Florida played its best basketball of the young season. Freshman Kenny Boynton Jr. led the Gators with 23 points and added six rebounds and four assits. Point guard Erving Walker scored 13 points -- all in the second half -- and had six rebounds and six assists.

UF senior Dan Werner was 4 of 5 from 3-point range and finished with 12 points and five rebounds. Chandler Parsons came off the bench and scored 15 points to go along with seven rebounds and three assists.

Richard Delk, a transfer from Mississippi State, led the Trojans (2-1) with 15 points.

Make that a 10-0 Boynton run. Wow! UF 80, Troy 54; 2:06. Alex Tyus out of the game with what appears to be leg cramps or a knee injury. (More on that later.) Rod Tishman in the game!

A 7-0 run by Kenny Boynton gives Florida a 77-52 lead with 2:49 left in the game. The 15-point lead is the Gators' largest of the game after trailing 32-31 at half. Boynton with 20 points, six rebounds and four assists. Point guard Erving Walker with 13 points (all in the second half), six rebounds and six assits. Walker, by the way, is 5-foot-8.

--Kenny Boynton with a pretty one-handed runner from the baseline to give UF a 72-50 lead with 5:13 left in the game. Boynton with 15 points, six rebounds and four assists.

--Wow, Thunder Dan with back-to-back 3-pointers. The O'Dome is blaring AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" during a timeout. UF 68, Troy 45; 6:26.

--Dan Werner swishes a 3-pointer after a hard-earned offensive rebound by Chandler Parsons. Werner 3 of 4 from behind the 3-point arc. Gators with a rebound advantage of 14 in the second half. Parsons leads the Gators in points (15) and rebounds (7). UF 65, Troy 45; 7:50. UF's biggest lead of the game.

--Gators with a 21-3 run midway through the second half. Walker exploding right now. He has 13 points this half after starting the game scoreless. In one furious minute in the second half, Walker scored five points, had a turnover and made a nice assist to Boynton. UF 58, Troy 43; 9:23.

--Ray Shipman with some nice minutes in the second half. He forced a turnover and spelled Erving Wallker. Gators playing inspired basektball right now. Fierce. Aggressive. Confident. Boynton and Walker diving all over the court. Parsons taking charges. Shipman forcing turnovers. Parsons and Boynton trapping. Florida on a 12-3 run with 11:50 left in the game: UF 50, Troy 39.

--No lie, Chandler Parsons was checking out the Rowdies in the crowd one second and then driving to the basket another. Parsons was fouled and made both of his free throws. After a Troy turnover, Erving Walker drained a long-range 3-pointer to give UF a 45-36 lead.

--Erving Walker makes a shot! Walker swished a 3-pointer with 16:52 left in the second half to give UF a 38-24 lead. Before the 3-pointer, Walker had missed his last 15 shots, a drought spanning two games.

--Alex Tyus started the second half off with a dominating statement when he rejected Troy's Antywan Jones' lay-up attempt into the UF jazz band. UF leads 35, Troy 34; 17:19.

The Gators trailed at halftime on Friday night against Troy one game after leading Georgia Southern by one point at halftime. Troy led Florida 32-31 after out-rebounding the Gators 28-18.

Florida forward Chandler Parsons led the Gators with 10 points in the first half. Point guard Erving Walker finished the first half shooting 0 of 5. Walker is 0 of 15 in his previous two games.

Troy's transfers led the Trojans in scoring. Richard Delk (Miss. State) had seven points in the first half. Yamene Coleman (Alabama) had six points. Antywan Jones, a JUCO transfer, had six points.

--Two missed lay-ups for Florida (Tyus and Parsons) and a 7-0 Troy allowed the Trojans to retake the lead with 1:19 left in the half.

After beginning the game 1 of 4 from 3-point range, the Gators have made 4 of 8 from behind the arc. The highlight came with 3:46 left in the first half when Kenny Boynton Jr. drained a trey and was fouled while shooting. He converted the free throw for the four-point play (his second in two games) to give Florida a 31-25 lead.

--Freshman center Erik Murphy once again making a positive contribution. Murphy played six solid minutes against Georgia Southern and tonight he's receiving significant minutes against a better opponent.

--Florida is once again playing solid defense. After holding its first two opponents to under 50 points, the Gators are limiting Troy, which came into tonight's game averaging 105 points per game. Troy has scored a field goal in over five minutes. UF 23, Troy 17; 7:21.

Dan Werner with his first 3-pointer of the season to give UF its first lead of the night, 17-16. Chandler Parsons is playing well. He has 10 points and three rebounds already. UF 19, Troy 17; 8:38.

--The Gators are in for a slugfest tonight. Troy is pretty good AND BIG and features four transfers from other Division I-A schools, including Richard Delk from Mississippi State and Yamene Coleman from Alabama.

It didn't take long for Chandler Parsons to come off the bench tonight. Parsons swished the Gators first and only 3-pointer of the game so far and then added a put back to cut Troy's lead to 9-7 with 15:27 left in the first half. The Gators' long-distance shooting troubles over the last two games haven't stopped them from attempting 3s. UF is 1-4, including an attempt by Erving Walker that was at least 23 feet.

--Should be an interesting basketball game tonight. Troy (2-0) features size and athleticism and return four starters from a team that won 19 games (14-4 in Sun Belt) last season. Follow along tonight as we blog live from press row inside the O'Connell Center.



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