Instant Analysis: Florida falls to Florida Atlantic 76-74

Nov 14, 2022 | 1 comment

A case of the Mondays hit the Florida Gators after a 76-74 loss at home to Florida Atlantic. The Owls shot 13 for 24 from deep, while Florida shot an abysmal 46.9 percent from the field, despite 30 points from Colin Castleton.

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

IT WAS OVER WHEN: The clock hit 0:00 with FAU in the lead. Despite 26-6 run by the Owls in the second half, which should have ended the game, a 12-3 run by Florida, sparked by two 3-pointers by Kowacie Reeves and a technical foul on FAU for calling a timeout when they didn’t have any, made it a 3-point game with less than a minute left. Florida fouled, and Forrest hit both shots to seal the upset.

THEY STOLE THE SHOWColin Castleton, especially in the second half. While his first half wasn’t pretty as he only shot 25 percent from the field, a perfect 5 for 5 shooting from the free throw line and his first career 3-pointer gave him a team-high 12 points. Castleton broke the cold shooting early in the second half starting 4 for 5 with 8 points in the first four minutes. Overall, the big man finished with 30 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks, all game-highs. Unfortunately, there’s four other guys on the court, and Gators couldn’t get it done despite his strong performance.

THESE STATS DON’T LIE: Overall shooting percentage. To put it bluntly, Florida couldn’t hit water if they were on a boat, especially in the first half with a 30.6 percent mark from the field (11 for 36). The Gators hit 10 shots on 13 attempts from the charity stripe to keep them in the game. However, the second half wasn’t any better with 15 makes on 32 shots, a 46.9 percent mark. Meanwhile, the Owls consistently found the bottom of the net from deep with Michael Forrest’s 20 points off the bench, which includes a 4 for 7 performance from deep, and 18 points from Johnell Davis, who shot 4 for 6 from deep.

THIS MATCH-UP PROVED KEY: Florida’s bench versus Florida Atlantic’s bench. The Owls’ bench combined for 34 points, including 20 from Forrest. Meanwhile, the Gators bench made no impact with only 5 points.

WHAT A PLAY: Kowacie Reeves’ back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Gators a late spark. With Florida down 12 with 4:24 left, Caslteton hit a layup and Reeves added back-to-back corner 3-pointers to energize the crowd and the team to a 10-3 run, but it wasn’t enough as a pair of free throw makes from the Owls sealed the 2-point win.

UP NEXT: Florida looks to rebound with a matchup on the road against in-state rival Florida State on Nov. 18 with tip-off at 8 p.m.

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