The #7 Florida Gators basketball team looked dominant tonight as they routed the William & Mary Tribe 68-45 in the O-Dome. It was a dunk fest as the Gators slammed home five of them in the game. Two came from center Jon Horford, two from forward Dorian Finney-Smith, and one from freshman forward Devin Robinson.
Speaking of Horford and Finney-Smith, they were two of three Gators players who scored in double figures tonight with 11 and 15 points, respectively. Both had five rebounds a piece as well.
The other double figure scorer was junior guard Michael Frazier II. He scored 14 points and hit two out of his six attempts from three-point land. His teammate, Eli Carter, had better luck from downtown as he made two three-pointers on three attempts and scored a total of eight points in the contest. Both Frazier II and Carter nabbed five rebounds as well
The Gators leading rebounder was senior forward Jacob Kurtz. Coming off the bench, Kurtz tallied seven boards and offensively he made three of his four shots for six total points. Also making an impact off the bench was freshman guard Chris Chiozza, who led the team with three steals in the game. He also had who had four points and two assists.
Another freshman who played well was Devin Robinson. In addition to his nasty slam dunk, Robinson scored seven points, reeled in four rebounds, and recorded the only block of the night for the Gators.
The last Gator I'll highlight is sophomore point guard Kasey Hill. Performing better mostly on the defensive end, Hill mustered just three points (all off of free throws), three assists, and four rebounds in the game. I don't think Gator fans should worry about Hill's low offensive numbers too much going forward, especially if he continues to excel on defense.
Now 1-0 on the season and with their home win streak now at 33, the #7 Gators will turn their attention to arch rival Miami (1-0) as the Hurricanes come to Gainesville on Monday, November 17. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. and the game can be seen on ESPN U. This day holds a special meaning to me because it is also my younger brother's birthday. Tyler, if you are reading this, Happy 17th Birthday!
Now back to basketball. William & Mary (0-1) will look to regroup after this loss as they head home to take on the Howard Bison (0-1) on November 18th. Here is a fun fact for you all: Howard lost to Miami tonight by a score of 84-49. With that being said, I pick the Tribe to win their home opener. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.
*All stats accredited to Gatorzone.com
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