No. 5 Florida wins laugher in Gainesville
Gainesville, FL (Sports Network) – Joakim Noah scored 18 points to lead fifth-
ranked Florida to an 84-47 demolishing of Florida A&M at the O’Connell Center.
Chris Richard added 13 points and a career-high nine rebounds while Lee
Humphrey hit all four of his three-point attempts and finished with 12 points
for the Gators (12-0), who extended the best start in school history by
winning for the 12th straight game to begin the season.
Adrian Moss also had 12 points for Florida, which has won 14 consecutive home
games and set a school record for wins before New Year’s Day.
Tony Tate had a game-high 21 points for the Rattlers (4-8), who have dropped
seven of their last eight contests.
The Gators, who never trailed in the game, connected on 53 percent of their
shots to turn the game into a laugher from the early stages.
Florida led by one point early on before quickly using a 7-0 run, capped by
Moss’ dunk, to claim a 13-5 lead with 12:18 left in the first half.
The Gators then increased the advantage to 11 later in the frame before
turning the game into a rout courtesy of a 12-0 spurt. Moss had five points
while Humphrey drained a three-pointer during the game-changing barrage. Corey
Brewer then finally capped the flurry with a pair of free throws, making it
43-20 with 1:55 remaining in the stanza.
Noah’s basket in the waning seconds of the half gave Florida a commanding
49-23 lead at the intermission.
Richard had 11 points while Noah added 10 for the Gators, who shot a
blistering 63 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes (20-of-32).
Tate had eight points to pace Florida A&M, which hit on just 10-of-26 field
goals in the opening 20 minutes.
After the Rattlers scored the first two points of the second half, Florida
erupted for a 23-0 run to open up a whopping 47-point lead. Humphrey nailed a
trio of three-pointers while Noah scored four points during the early
explosion. Moss dropped in a three-pointer with 13:55 left in the game to
culminate the onslaught and balloon the edge to 72-25.
The Gators played mostly reserves throughout the second half and led by as
many as 48 points down the stretch.
The Gators are only two wins shy of tying the school record for consecutive
victories of 14, set by the 2001-02 and 2002-03 clubs…Florida has won 35
straight games when scoring at least 80 points…The Gators had won 11 games
before New Year’s Day three times…Florida head coach Billy Donovan is 11-0
all-time against teams from the MEAC Conference…The Gators lead the all-time