GAINESVILLE -- Florida freshman Rod Tishman swished a three-pointer at the buzzer against St. Leo to give him his first career points as a Gator. Ten players scored for Florida. Kenny Boynton Jr. led the Gators with 22 points, including 5 of 9 from the three-point range.
Ray Shipman one-handed base-line dunk. UF 67, Leo 33, 12:12.
--Back-to-back three-pointers by Erving Walker and Kenny Boynton gives UF nine points in the first six minutes of the second half ... against St. Leo. UF 63, St. Leo 33, 14:03.
--Ray Shipman ... airball. Shipman, supposedly the X-factor on this team is needs to play with a little more confidence against ST. LEO.
--Vernon Macklin...not exactly a sound free-throw shooter. UF 55, Leo 27, 18:36.
FIRST HALF BELOW
Kenny Boynton with his third three-pointer of the first half. KBJ 3-5 from three-point range and 4-6 from the field with 14 points.
Gators halftime stats
KBJ 14 points, 3-3 free throws
Alex Tyus 8 points, 4 rebounds
Erving Walker 6 points, 6 assists
Dan Werner 6 points, 1 rebound
Erik Murphy 5 points, 3 rebounds
Ray Shipman 5 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist
Chandler Parsons 4 points, 3 rebounds
Vernon Macklin 4 points, 1 rebound Ouch! One rebound! Billy wants his money back!
Kenny Kadji 2 point
Florida Gators freshman center Erik Murphy with the first points of his career. Murphy scored a bucket, drew the foul and converted the free throw. UF 39, Leo 12, 5:54.
Lowlight of the first half: Chandler Parsons just air-balled a finger role. UF 36, Leo 11, 6:19
--Two blocks for Kadji in less than two minutes.
First alley-oop of the season: Erving Walker to Alex Tyus on a semi-no look with 9:43 left in the first half. Kenny Kadji last player off UF's bench (9:31). First defensive set Kadji blocks a shot. UF 32, Leo 11, 8:29.
--Kenny Boynton Jr. converts rare four-point play during the first half of his career as a Florida Gator. KBJ fouled while swishing a three-pointer, then swishes the free throw. Kid's not bad. UF 26, Leo 5, 11:06.
Chandler Parsons...diving into press row during an exhibition game...getting it done. Rod Tishman with the first shot of his UF career, missed the the rim on a lay up, Parsons with the put-back dunk. UF 13, St. Leo 3, 13:04
Rod Tishman era has begun at the University of Florida. Tishman of Israel into the game with 15:34 left in the first half. UF 11, St. Leo 3, 15:34. Gators on the floor: Tishman, Chandler Parsons, Alex Tyus, Ray Shipman and Eric Murphy.
--Gators freshman Erik Murphy the first big man off the bench with 16:23 left in first half. Murphy the in game before Kenny Kadji. Slightly interesting.
Kenny Boynton Jr. with the Florida Gators' first five points of the exhibition season. First KBJ bucket was a lay-up followed by the first three-pointer of his career at UF. Not long after, center Vernon Macklin added his first two points as a Gator with a dunk. UF 9, St. Leo 1, 16:54.
Your 2009-2010 Florida Gators opening-exhibition-game starting line
F 6-8 Dan Werner, Sr.
F 6-8 Alex Tyus, Jr.
C 6-10 Vernon Macklin, Jr.
G 6-2 Kenny Boynton, Fr
G Erving Walker, So.
Things we'll be looking for tonight:
Nothing in particular. Not going to learn much about the Gators from an exhibition game against St. Leo. Playing St. Leo is worse than playing St. Mary's Sisters of the Poor. We're happy to be here, though. Basketball season is nearly upon us and we're excited about covering the Gators as they try to return to the NCAA Tournament.