The quote “man down, man up” was the staple slogan for the Gator football team this past season but you can’t help but wonder if that same mentality spilled over to Billy Donovan’s crew. Florida defeated the Mississippi State Bulldogs 83-58 Saturday night without junior forward Will Yeguete who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Friday.
UF had five players scoring in double digits; red shirt senior guard Mike Rosario lead the team with 18 points on 70 percent shooting from the floor and 50 percent from the arc. Senior forward Erik Murphy followed with 17 points on 70 percent shooting as well but 60 percent from the three point line. Senior guard Kenny Boynton scored 10 and freshman guard Michael Frazier II, who started over junior guard Scottie Wilbekin, dropped 11 points. Gator coach Billy Donovan talked about why he did not start Wilbekin for this game.
In 22 minutes, junior forward Casey Prather came off the bench and added 12 points on 55 percent shooting from the field while grabbing five rebounds, forcing a steal and making a block. While Frazier and the rest of the team are a little apprehensive regarding the lack of depth, they did acknowledge it’s something they’re going to have to deal with in the best way possible.
On the night, MSU shot the ball 42 percent from the field, 37 percent from deep and had three players score in double figures. Freshman forward Gavin Ware led the team with 16 points and snagged six rebounds.
Florida out rebounded the Dogs 33-27 and made more assists, dishing out 21 to Mississippi State’s 13. The Gators now looks to host the Kentucky Wildcats Tuesday night in the O’Dome. Coach Donovan admitted he hasn’t had a chance to watch much of the reigning national champs, but from the little he did see, he knows it’s going to be a difficult match up.
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