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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.