Without the spark of Will Yeguete off the bench for the second straight game, the Gator men’s basketball team displayed yet again why they are the top team in the SEC on Saturday.
Florida (21-3, 11-1 SEC) made half of its 30 three point shots as it cruised past the Auburn Tigers (9-16, 3-9 SEC) 83-52 on the road in front of a near capacity crowd.
It was typical Billy Donovan style basketball from start to finish. Four players scored in double digits including Gator career highs by the two Mikes; Mike Rosario scored a game high 22 points while Michael Frazier II, with his increased minutes, overwhelmed the War Eagles going six of seven from beyond the arc. Frazier didn’t even attempt a shot inside the arc, but those 18 points proved to be a new college career high as the freshman looked unstoppable.
Donovan gives all the praise to the guys who didn’t show up on the stat sheet.
The two others who were in double figures included Kenny Boynton (16 points) and Erik Murphy (11 points). Boynton continues to climb the record book for Florida; his 129 games started now puts him in first place all time passing up Andrew DeClercq.
Junior Scottie Wilbekin continues to grow. While many have pointed out his increased role on defense, it’s his passing attack that has really come on strong. The guard dished out 10 assists for the third time this season as Florida as a team handed out a season high 25 assists in the contest.
Call it a motivation tactic, but even with the assists, Donovan thinks Wilbekin could have done a lot more.
In a game where the team held its opponent under 60 points for the 18th time, some credit still needs to go to the defense. The Gators pressured Auburn in both halves, holding the Tigers to just 35.2 percent shooting and just 25 percent from beyond the arc. Only two players scored in double figures; Chris Denson with 13 and Jordan Price with 12. In fact, it is the 17th such time this season that only two or less players on the opposing side have scored in double figures.
The Gators now travel to Missouri to take on another Tiger. The two clubs squared off a month ago and Florida came out on top, with the same score as Saturday, 83 to 52. As always the game can be heard on ESPN Radio 850/900, 100.1 FM Ocala or our sister station Country 103.7 the Gator.