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It was a much different Florida team this time around, but the result was much of the same.
The No. 6 Florida Gators (1-1) continued their struggles against their rivals from the panhandle. The Florida State Seminoles (1-1) came into Gainesville and beat the Gators 63-51 for the fifth consecutive year under Mike White
A slow start offensively was followed by a flat start to the second half, allowing the Noles to coast to victory.
Here is our Instant Analysis:
What Went Wrong: After starting slow in the season opener Tuesday, the Gators were plagued once again with a rough start out of the gates. The first half will be an offensive performance the Gators will wish to forget. They only shot 22% from the field in the first half and nothing would change in the second.
Florida would go to finish shooting just 28% from the field.
The Gators also found themselves in foul trouble toward the end of the first which allowed FSU to build a lead even though they too were struggling from the field. The Seminoles went 11-for-15 from the charity stripe in the first.
Who Stole the Show: It was a team effort for the Noles on their way to another victory over the Gators. Three different players were in double-figures for FSU, lead by Devin Vassell, who scored 13.
After scoring 19 in the Seminoles opener, Trent Forrest had a complete game Sunday in Gainesville, scoring 8 points, with 8 rebounds and 7 assists.
The real lone bright spot for the Gators Sunday was Keyontae Johnson. The sophomore scored 19 in a variety of ways, leading the team.
Kerry Blackshear Jr. added another double-double (10 points, 13 rebounds) but didn’t make a field goal.
These Numbers Don’t Lie: As mentioned, it was a putrid showing offensively for the Gators. They struggled from all over the field, but especially from beyond the arc.
Florida went just 4-for-22 from three for 18%. This is a team full of capable shooters and they were getting good looks throughout, just couldn’t get them to fall.
On top of struggling from deep, the Gators didn’t have much better success in the paint. Florida missed eight layups Saturday, which resulted in leaving 16 points on the court, which could’ve been the difference.
The Bottom Line: Another year has come and it’s another missed opportunity for the Gators to beat the Seminoles. It’s well known that Mike White has yet to beat FSU since being hired by Florida. This time around the Gators were presented with a great chance to right the ship over their rivals from up north.
Instead it was much of the same. The Gators struggled offensively for 40-minutes against the Noles and couldn’t come up with the stops necessary down the stretch to get back in the game. There’s no doubt about it, this is a disappointing loss and throws an early wrench into Florida’s hefty expectations entering the season.
Up Next: The Gators return to Exactech Arena for their third game of the season Thursday night. They’ll look to bounce back as they host the Towson Tigers, with tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
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