Instant Analysis: Florida falls 90-83 to Xavier

Nov 24, 2022 | 1 comment

Todd Golden’s Gators came undone under the lights of the Phil Knight Legacy Tournament in a 90-83 loss to Xavier.

Inside the GatorsInstant Analysis takes a quick look at how the game unfolded.

IT WAS OVER WHEN: With 1:38 to go Souley Boum scored his 21 and 22nd points of the night on a jumper. The Gators’ loss will be summed up in their lack of answers to Boum, a former San Francisco Don under Todd Golden.

From there, Xavier’s lead grew to nine points with 36 seconds to go against a Florida that lacked offensive consistency.

THEY STOLE THE SHOW: Their names will keep coming up because that’s how much he meant for Xavier. Souley Boum and Colby Jones had all of the answers against a sluggish Florida defense in Xavier’s 90-83 win.

Boum shot 50% from the field and 7/8 from the line for 22 points. His shooting effort was bolstered by a tenacity that seemed to catch the Gators’ passing line off guard as Boum two steals pad the rest of his six assists and five rebounds score line.

Colby Jones matched his frontcourt partner in a 22-point effort as the pair combined for nearly half of the Musketeer’s scoring. Jones hit four of five three pointers against the Gators after coming into the game with zero makes from deep on the season.

THESE STATS DON’T LIE: Colin Castleton’s three points at half spelled for a night of struggles for Florida. The 6-foot-11 senior came into the game averaging 25.3 points per game off the back of three consecutive games with at least 25 points. Castleton finished the game with 11 points as Trey Bonham’s 23 points and Will Richard’s 18 proved too little to pick up the star man’s slack.

THIS MATCHUP PROVED KEY: The entire night seemed like a handicap match between Trey Bonham and Xavier’s guards Souley Boum and Colby Jones.

Bonham walked into the game with 11 points on the season but finished the night on a 23-point effort. The facts are that the Gators missed Kowacie Reeves, who sat out on a coach’s decision, and more productivity from a 11-point Castleton.

As if his offensive struggles weren’t enough, Castleton’s opposite number, Jack Nunge, had a 16-point night built on his 7-foot frame and the mismatches Xavier was able to create down low as Castleton struggled.

WHAT A PLAY: Down nine with the game on the line, Trey Bonham drove downcourt for a tough and-one layup. The 6-foot guard rose above the flailing hands of Xavier’s backcourt for the chance at a Florida lifeline deep in a slipping game.

His effort could shake up the future of the Florida starting lineup. There was nothing but heart in the Junior transfer tonight, and Todd Golden will surely find that in his answers to how to improve on the loss.

UP NEXT: Florida will continue their participation in the Phil Knight Legacy tournament against Oregon State on Friday after missing out on the chance to take on No. 8 Duke in the semifinals.

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