Instant Analysis: Florida cruises to a 21-point victory over in-state rival Florida State

Florida 89 - Florida State 68

by Joseph Torviso
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The Florida Gators move to 3-1 on the season after a dominating 89-68 performance against the Florida State Seminoles.

Inside the Gators’ Instant Analysis takes a quick look at how the game unfolded.

IT WAS OVER WHEN: The refs called out of bounds on the Seminoles after Riley Kugel threw the ball onto his own player while trying to keep it in play. De’Ante Green attempted to convince the refs to change their call, but after the timeout, it was Florida ball. The Gators would call another timeout when no one was open, but Walter Clayton Jr. scored a layup to extend Florida’s lead by 22 with just over three and a half minutes left in the game.

THEY STOLE THE SHOW: Walter Clayton Jr. scored the first field goal for the Gators and kept it going from there. Clayton Jr. earned a team 12 points in the first half, while also dishing out three assists. He scored an important three in the second half to kill Florida State’s momentum and helped the Gators earn a comfortable victory. Clayton Jr. finished the game with 19 poits and five assists.

THESE STATS DON’T LIE: Florida dominated the boards. At the half, the Gators had 20 defensive rebounds to the Seminoles’ five. Eliminating second-chance opportunities proved key for the Gators. The Seminoles only earned one point in the first half from second-chance points. By halftime, the Gators nearly had the same number of offensive rebounds, eight, as FSU had total rebounds, nine. The Seminoles picked it up in the second half, but by then the Gators lead was untouchable. The top rebounders for Florida were Thomas Haugh, Tyrese Samuel, and Micah Handlogten.

THIS MATCHUP PROVED KEY: Florida’s guards on Darin Green Jr.

Florida State could not get into the game early, partly because Florida’s guards kept him from getting involved. The senior played 18:40 of the first half and only had four points to his name. He did not score in the second half.

WHAT A PLAY: An absolutely textbook, beautiful, play by the Gators. Thomas Haugh holds up play from above the three-point line. He moves to his left and drops a perfect bounce pass to Will Richard who caught his guard sleeping. Richard made a great play to score over Cameron Corhen in the paint to make it 29 – 8 Florida.

UP NEXT: The (3-1) Gators travel to Pittsburgh to take on the undefeated (4-0) Panthers on Wednesday, Nov. 22 at 9:30 p.m.

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