The 12th ranked Florida Gator men's basketball team hosted the Richmond Spiders Saturday in the Stephen C O'Connell Center. The Gators earned their 23rd consecutive win at home as they beat the Spiders 67-58.
The Orange and Blue were lead by sophomore guard Michael Frazier II. Frazier put up 18 points on the evening. Senior center Patric Young earned 15 points, while senior forward Casey Prather notched 12 points, and senior guard Scottie Wilbekin totaled 10 points.
The Spiders were led by senior guard Cedrick Lindsay with a team-high 19 points, and junior guard Kendall Anthony notched 15. Anthony scored his 1,000th career point in the loss.
Florida closed out its win from the free throw line, but just barely. The Gators missed 6 of 8 free throws in the final 60 seconds of the game. Richmond failed to take advantage of Florida’s misses however and the Gators came away with the win. In all, Florida made just 9 of 19 free throws in the game.
Florida shot just 26 percent from 3-point range and turned the ball over 14 times as well.
Gator coach Billy Donovan said his team's play has been up and down.
“We would be great on a horse track because we play like this sometimes,” (he then held his hands up next to his eyes) “we’ve got these blinders on and they can’t see left or right.”
Up next for Florida is the SEC opener as South Carolina will come to town on Wednesday. If the Gators take the W in their SEC opener it will tie the school record of 24 consecutive wins at home (set in 2006-2007).