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(FINAL) Gators 69, Georgia Southern 49; Kenny Boynton leads UF with 22 points

Link to my game story in today's paper. LINK!

GAME SUMMARY AFTER LIVE BLOG
GAINESVILLE -- It started slowly for the Gators on Wednesday but UF dominated Georgia Southern in the second, defeating the Eagles by 69-49. UF led by one (26-25) at halftime.

Oddly enough, Louisville coach Rick Pitino was courtside on Wednesday at the O'Connell Center. Asked by the Miami Herald why he was in Gainesville, Pitino said he was recruiting in Ocala on Wednesday and decided to stick around for the Gators' game. Pitino and Billy Donovan are close friends -- Donovan played for Pitino at Providence and then coached with Pitino at Kentucky -- and Richard Pitino, Rick's son, is now an assistant of Donovan's.

Kenny Boynton Jr. led the Gators (2-0) with 22 points and Chandler Parsons scored 15 points and had 12 rebounds off the bench. 

LIVE BLOG BELOW
--Kenny Boynton with a rare 4-point play to give UF a commanding 60-47 over Georgia Southern, which finished the season 8-22 and ninth place in the Southern Conference.

--Gators are 23 of 36 from the free-throw line with 2:53 left in the game. Gators lead Georgia Southern 56-47. Vernon Macklin with a quiet 15 points and seven rebounds. Chandler Parsons needs one more point for a double-double. He has nine points and 11 rebounds.

--Georgia Southern coach Charlton Young is a character. This guy is all over the place.

Chandler Parsons for three! The streak is alive. Parsons snapped the Gators 0 of 12 slump from the 3-point line. UF 55, Georgia Southern 45, 6:10.

--Gators have only attempted one 3-point basket in the second half and it seems to have settled the team. Nice call by Billy Donovan at halftime. Gators are 0 of 10 from the 3-point line. The Gators have made at least one 3-point basket in each of their last 580 games. That record pre-dates the Billy Donovan era. And the record is at stake!

Ten of the Gators' last 14 points have come from the free-throw line. UF 52, Georgia Southern 39; 8:31.

--Gators on 22-6 run after solid guard play from Erving Walker leads to an easy Macklin lay-up. UF 46, Georgia Southern 36; 10:05.

--Erving Walker is 7 of 9 from the free-throw line after knocking down 3 of 4 on consecutive possessions. UF 41, Georgia Southern 32, 11:59 left in second half.

--Gators playing great defense now. Georgia Southern went six minutes without scoring (19:11-13:04).

--Kenny Boynton igniting a 9-0 UF run. Boynton dunked to begin UF's second half scoring then scored on a backdoor cut (nice assist Tyus). Boynton capped the run with a breakaway lay-up. Boynton now 4 of 9 from the field and 0 of 4 from 3-point range. UF 35, Georiga Southern 30, 15:39.

--Alex Tyus hasn't scored and is only 0 of 1 from the field. He's back in the game after sitting most of the first half with foul trouble. And...Vernon Macklin misses a dunk.

--Didn't take long for Georgia Southern to retake the lead. The Eagles began the second half with five quick points.

FIRST HALF SUMMARY
OK, not the best first half for the Florida Gators in the history of the O'Dome. Florida leads Georgia Southern 26-25 despite going 0 of 9 from 3-point range in the first half. The Gators are now 1 of 22 from 3-point range in the first 60 minutes of the season.

Kenny Boynton Jr. is 1 of 5 from the field and 0 of 3 from 3-point range. Erving Walker is 0 of 6 from the field and 0 of 2 from 3-point range. Ray Shipman hasn't hit the rim yet (0 of 1, airball). Boynton is the Gators' leading scorer at the break thanks to 5 of 7 from the free-throw line.

FIRST HALF LIVE BLOG
--No look pass (turnover) by Erik Murphy. Immediately out of the game.

--Gators take first lead of night with dunk by Vernon Macklin with 3:21 left in first half. Erik Murphy provided a spark on the possession before Macklin's basket. UF 22, Georgia Southern 21; 2:30 left in first half. Gators are 0 of 9 from 3-point range.

--Florida freshman Erik Murphy now in the game. Alex Tyus, Vernon Macklin and Dan Werner with two fouls each. UF down 17-16, 5:41 left in first half. Gators shooting 5 of 22 from the field and 0 of 7 from 3-point range.

Florida has scored just three field goals in the game's first 12 minutes and 30 seconds. UF is now 3 of 17 from the field with 7:28  to play in the half.

--Gators 0 of 5 from 3-point range. UF now 1 of 18 from 3-point range on the season.

--Alex Tyus out with two fouls. Ray Shipman just airballed a 3-point attempt. UF down 12-10, 10:01 left in first half. And now another UF turnover. Florida has five turnovers in the games first 10 minutes.

--The Florida Gators are trailing Georgia Southern 10-9 with 12:42 left in the first half on Wednesday at the O'Connell Center. Florida is 0 of 3 from 3-point range.

-jo-

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Try Providence, not Umass. This is Calipari, Jo.

Jo, appreciate the story but, frankly, it's pretty confusing. It leads with the final but then morphs with no explanation into a present tense recap of the first half, like a play by play. It took me three reads to figure out where you were trying to go. With my degree from UF's J school, I hold journalism professionals to a higher standard. But good coverage, even it not communicated very well.

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Donovan played for Pitino at Providence , I believe.


".....Next year is going to be the year that Meyer has to prove how good he really is : Tebow, Spikes,Cooper, Dunlap Haden,Cunningham, Hill, Stamper probably both of the Pouncey twins .........."

Posted by: Be honest, delusional gator fans | November 18, 2009 at 03:20 PM

At least you understand that UF will be flooding draft picks into the league. The peculiar part is why you would go through the trouble of creating that typepad name, Sarasota. What are Gators delusional about? Recruits, conference titles, and national championships are flowing in. We don't make absurd claims like the forgotten step children down the street. We do our talking on the field. Can't say that about the faux contenders down the street with the "Heisman candidate." Sure you crashed the party early with none of the product at half the price. But that doesn't justify your outrageous predictions and claims.

Sure UF will probably lose a few next year but the HC recruits like no other and is continually restocking. Florida will still compete for conference titles and SEC supremacy. They'll stay in the national conversation like other elite teams. Can't say the kids down south are in that conversation. Win just one conference title and then you might get in the club.

Is it the tired ancient "5 is more than 3" nonsense that you insecurely cling to? 462 years of football history? Your dwindling and irrelevant NFL supremacy?

So tell me dooooshbag, what are we delusional about?

Yes, yes, yes...I know, I know, I know...Donovan played at Providence for Pitino, a mental meltdown inside the O'Dome if there ever was one.

Curmudgeon Man,

It was a live blog. Should of been here last night. I went back and added subheads to help you understand.

-jo-

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