It may have just been an exhibition game but the Florida men’s basketball team didn’t let Eckerd College go down without a fight…at least in the second half. At the end of the first, the Gators were down 34-33 but in the second, the team roared back, outscoring the Tritons by double points.
The win was mostly carried by the veterans of the team such as John Egbunu who led the Gators in points and rebounds. But several newcomers made their debuts. Canyon Barry, Keith Stone and Eric Hester all had a chance to make statements in Wednesday night’s match-up.
The new addition with the most playing time was fifth-year graduate student from College of Charleston, Canyon Barry. He had a slow start and his numbers weren’t the greatest (2-for-10 from the floor, 1-for-5 from the arc, 1 rebound, 1 assist). However, it wasn’t all bad for Barry. He made a couple of free throws including one that tied the game up and his first points of the game was 3-pointer that regained a Gator lead. While Barry did have some shining moments, he says it wasn’t his best shooting night and his teammates picked him up. Barry was one the of the only players in the positive (+1) at the end of the first half.
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Another newcomer that was in the positive leaving the first half was Keith Stone with (+11). His first points as a Gator were at the free throw line. He knocked 1-2 with just under 4 minutes left in the first half. Stone notched four points, five rebounds, and one assist.
The final newbie that contributed to the Florida victory was Eric Hester who had no baskets but added four assists.
Next, the Gators are preparing for their match-up against Florida Gulf Coast University on Nov. 11.