No. 23 Florida vs Troy game thread (all game talk in here)

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No. 23 Florida takes on Troy at 12 p.m. in ExacTech Arena in a game being shown on the SEC Network

Jake Hitt will be courtside with the updates and then post-game press conference coverage.

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PRE-GAME NOTES

POST GAME PRESS CONFERENCE COVERAGE IS AT THE VERY END OF THIS THREAD
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Starting lineup for Florida:
G Myreon Jones
G Tyree Appleby
G Phlandrous Fleming Jr.
F Anthony Duruji
F Colin Castleton
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Gators control the opening tip, run a play and Myreon Jones sinks a triple.
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Gators got a steal and Duruji takes it in. Then run a play for Jones again who hits again from beyond. Florida leads 8-0 as Troy burns a TO.
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Now Fleming gets in on the action with a triple. It's 11-0. Ball goes flying behind the Gator bench and Castleton careens into it chasing after the ball.
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Castleton's fouled on a shot. He goes to the line for two and sinks both. Felder is in for Castleton. McKissic's been on the floor for a minute or two.
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We're at the under-16 here in Gainesville.
Florida: 13
Troy: 2

Gator offense looking methodical and quite patient as they run sets. Not trying to force anything. Jones leads all scorers with six points on two three balls.
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Appleby adds in a three. Gators force a turnover. Castleton gets the ball in the post, dribbles the double team away and dishes to Appleby. He misses but Fleming is there for the board and a dunk. But then give up a three on an offensive rebound

Gators up 18-7.
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Now at the U-12 in the first half in the Exactech Arena.
Florida: 21
Troy: 9

A couple of made baskets for Troy but the Gators are still playing well on the offensive end. Pretty evident this Troy team wants to play fast too.
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Jones with a sweet dish to Duruji for an absolute MONSTER dunk. Quick ball movement in the halfcourt sets up another Jones three. Gators up 26-9.
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Castleton is out here sacrificing his body. Slamming into everything and anything chasing after loose balls.
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McKissic fouls a three-point shooter who makes two of three. Gators go quick and can't convert.
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Jones is ON FIRE today. McKissic pushes after a miss, dishes to a wide open Jones in the corner. The Penn State transfer sinks it. Jones has 12 points on four made threes.
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We're in the U-8 timeout.
Florida: 31
Troy: 15

Trojans starting to make some shots here but the Gators are doing a good job in limiting their productive possessions.
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Gators sworm Desmond Williams who has to call a timeout. Keyontae Johnson gets in his ear after that. Williams responds and is assessed a technical foul.

Tyree Appleby makes both free throws. They force a desperation three but Troy gets the rebound but Felder fouls.
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Troy went on a mini run to make it 33-18. Fleming takes a three and misses. Castleton grabs the board, lays it up and makes an And-1 FT. Gators doubling up Troy 36-18.
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Appleby drops in his second three to make it 39-20.
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On the floor for Florida: Fleming, Duruji, Jitoboh, Appleby and Reeves.
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Now in the U-4 TO

Florida: 41
Troy: 20

A couple sloppy possessions for the Gators after some really patient offense. White's been changing guys out several times. Still keeping up the defensive intensity.
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McKissic nails back-to-back threes and it's a 47-20 lead with 20 seconds left in the first half.
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Kowacie Reeves beats the buzzer in first half on a fadeaway jumper to extend Florida's impressive lead heading into halftime.

Florida: 49
Troy: 20

Gators are shooting over 48 percent from the field and are 42.5 percent from three compared to Troy's 32 and 14 in the same categories.
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Myreon Jones leads all Gator scorers with 12 points. Brandon McKissic is behind him with 10. Castleton has six, Appleby with eight and Fleming has seven.
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Troy comes out with a couple of baskets and showing signs of life. Mike White's seen enough and calls timeout. Gators lead 52-24.
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Gators turn it over out of the TO but Fleming gets a steal and leads a fast break resulting in a layup for him. Florida up 54-26.
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We're at the under-16 in the second half:
Florida: 56
Troy: 26

Sluggish start for seemingly both teams to begin the second 20 minutes. White can't be happy with that.
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Mike White is running the press up 30, I love it.
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A little excitement here. Tyree Appleby was taken out on a fast break dunk attempt and hit the floor hard. He got up and ran right after Desmond Williams but was restrained. Play's currently under review for flagrant fouls.
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Williams is charged with a flagrant foul while Appleby catches an unsportsmanlike technical.
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Elijah Kennedy comes in for Appleby and promptly makes a three after both teams exchange free throws.
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The U-12 TO is here

Florida: 67
Troy: 35

Appleby seems to be walking a little gingerly on his leg. Fun fact: 46 percent of Florida's scoring tonight is on three point field goals.
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Kennedy's been a good source of offense off the bench. He just made his second three of the game and has six points in six minutes.
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With the Gators up 35, they're trying some new things. They ran a play for Elijah Kennedy and Jitoboh just took a three.
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