Gators stomp Gamecocks
Columbia, SC (Sports Network) – Lee Humphrey and the second-ranked Florida
Gators used a regular season sweep at the hands of South Carolina as
motivation, suffocating the Gamecocks in an 84-50 thumping at the Colonial
Last season, South Carolina shocked the Gators twice in the regular season
before losing to the eventual national champions by just two points in the SEC
Saturday in Columbia, Florida carved up its revenge.
Humphrey made 10-of-12 from the floor — 7-of-8 from long distance — for a
career-high 27 points, while Al Horford notched a double-double with 14 points
and 11 rebounds. The Gators (16-2, 3-0 SEC) also received 13 points and eight
boards from Joakim Noah and 10 points from Taurean Green.
Florida has won nine straight overall.
“Lee Humphrey being able to shoot as well as he did, helped us a lot,” Florida
coach Billy Donovan said. “We got the ball inside, took care of it and had a
number of assists. In the second half we just tried to get the ball out of Tre
Kelley’s hands because he shoots so well off of the dribble and is creative
when he reads the defense.”
Kelley notched 24 points, though needing 22 shots, but no other Gamecock
reached double figures. South Carolina (10-4, 0-2) shot just 38 percent from
the floor and started 2-of-18 (11 percent) from the field in the second half.
“Fatigue got [Tre Kelley in the second half], but also Florida changed their
defense,” South Carolina coach Dave Odom said. “Instead of playing him one up,
it looked to me like their big guys were more involved in helping to defend
The Gators came out of the gates strong, making 11 of their first 13 shots —
including five threes from Humphrey — to open leads of 12-0 and 30-16 before
the Gamecocks rallied.
Kelley scored 20 points in the first half, with back-to-back layups drawing
South Carolina within 37-33 late in the half. The Gators held a 41-33 edge
heading into the locker room.
Florida stormed out to a large lead in the early part of the second half.
Brandon Powell’s short jumper capped a 18-2 run to put the Gators in front
55-35. South Carolina made just one field goal in the half’s first seven-plus
South Carolina never got close the rest of the way.
Florida shot 64 percent from the floor, the three-point line and the charity
stripe…Kelley came into Saturday averaging 15.7 points per game…South
Carolina committed 13 turnovers.