Phil Pressey goes up for a shot.
Jan. 19, 2013
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP)--Scottie Wilbekin had 13 points and 10 assists, his first career double-double, and No. 10 Florida thumped No. 17 Missouri 83-52 on Saturday.
The victory was coach Billy Donovan's 400th with the Gators, making him the third coach in Southeastern Conference history to accomplish that feat with the same school. He joined Kentucky's Adolph Rupp and LSU's Dale Brown in the 400-win club.
Florida, which won its sixth consecutive game, also made a statement about being the class of the Southeastern Conference.
And the Gators aren't even fully healthy.
Erik Murphy scored 15 points despite playing with a broken finger, and Kenny Boynton added 14.
Murphy made 6 of 11 shots from the field, including three from 3-point range. Boynton did most of his damage in transition, helping turn Missouri's 21 turnovers into 34 points.
Will Yeguete (knee tendinitis) and Mike Rosario (sprained ankle) also came up big for the Gators (14-2, 4-0 SEC), who won at Texas A&M about 40 hours earlier. Yeguete had 13 points and Rosario chipped in nine.
Maybe the most impressive aspect of Florida's latest lopsided victory was Wilbekin's defense. The junior guard handled Missouri's Phil Pressey.
Pressey finished with two points on 1-of-7 shooting. He had 10 turnovers and six assists.
Missouri played without senior forward Laurence Bowers for the third consecutive game. Regardless, few could have seen such a beatdown coming in Gainesville.
Then again, Florida has won all four of its conference games by at least 21 points.
The Gators jumped all over Missouri from the opening tip, scoring the first nine points and pulling out to a 15-2 lead.
Florida made 13 of its first 18 shots. Things really started getting out of hand for the Tigers when Boyton got going midway through the first half. He hit a 3 and then made two layups--both off turnovers by Pressey caused by Wilbekin -- and put the Gators ahead 29-12.
Florida made it a 20-point game early in the second half and then turned it into a laugher with dunk after dunk. Murphy, Young and Yeguete all had slams, giving the sellout crowd at the O'Connell Center everything it wanted from the home team.
The Gators were up 78-47 when Donovan turned things over to the bench.
Mizzou Starts Road Swing at Arkansas on Wednesday
Mizzou Men's Basketball (7-18, 1-11) takes to the road for an away SEC game at Arkansas (Feb. 18,...
Tigers Nearly There Against Mississippi State, ...
The Bulldogs escaped Mizzou Arena with a 77-74 result on Saturday, using fouls and the free throw...
Tigers and Mississippi State to Clash on...
Mizzou Men's Basketball (7-17, 1-10) returns home to take on Mississippi State on Saturday, Feb. ...
Mizzou Falls to South Carolina, 65-60
Missouri cut South Carolina's lead to 54-51 with less than three minutes to go when Sindarius...
Tuesday Game at South Carolina Up Next for the ...
Mizzou Men's Basketball (7-16, 1-9) hits the road to face South Carolina (11-11, 2-8) on Tuesday,...
Aggies Pull Away Late from Mizzou, 83-61
Mizzou Men's Basketball fought hard against the Aggies, but let the game slip away down the...
Tigers Take on Aggies in Saturday ESPNU Matchup...
Mizzou Men's Basketball (7-15, 1-8) returns home to Mizzou Arena face Texas A&M on Saturday, Feb....
Missouri Drops Road Game to Alabama, 62-49
Keanau Post finished with 11 points for the Tigers in Wednesday night's loss to Alabama.
Official StoreOfficial Online
AUCTIONSOfficial Mobile APP