GAINESVILLE -- A 18-6 run in the second half fueled Florida to a 86-62 rout over Vermont on Wednesday afternoon in the O’Connell Center.
Four players scored in double figures, led by senior Dorian Finney-Smith’s 20 points, six rebounds and six assists -- a feat no Florida player has accomplished since Chandler Parsons in 2010.
Big-man John Egbunu had 13 points, while forward Devin Robinson, who made his first-career start of 2015, added 16 points and eight rebounds.
The Gators needed a strong second-half flurry to bury the Catamounts, as Florida struggled to create separation thanks to some ice-cold shooting in the first half (34 percent).
Here’s three quick thoughts on the win.
1. Kasey Hill was dreadful in Sunday’s loss to Purdue (1 of 8 from the field), but the junior point guard was electric Wednesday afternoon. Hill finished with 14 points -- 11 after halftime including a super-sweet behind-the-back, reverse layup. He also chipped in 4 assists, zero turnovers and a pair of steals. UF’s half-court offense has been stuck in the mud this season -- mostly due to poor guard play and iffy shooting. But the Gators' offensive got going Wednesday when Hill and Doe-Doe really attacked. They need Hill to discover some consistency because …
2. Florida’s half-court offense remains a mess. Unless Egbunu or Finney-Smith makes a play inside, the Gators can’t score with any sort of efficiency or consistency. They hit two 3s in the first half. They drilled six after halftime. Too often, UF gets boggled down in a zone, throws too many poor entry passes and can’t create off the dribble. Florida shares the ball well (13 assists), but sometimes the Gators actually play too unselfish and pass up open shots. They’re clearly uncomfortable when the pace slows, so they need to find more ways to run. Even off opponents' made baskets. They need to play fast. Fortunately, Florida’s press and half-court defense …
3. Is really good, especially against a team that hemorrhages turnovers. The Catamounts average 17 giveaways a game, and they equaled their season-average Wednesday (17). When Florida couldn’t hit shots early, Vermont stuck around, but as soon as UF upped its pressure (and offensive rebounding) the Catamounts couldn’t keep up with the Gators’ athletes. UF recorded 10 steals and out-rebounded Vermont 43-34.
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