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FINALS: Florida 102, Florida A&M 62

WHAT HAPPENED: junior guard Trey Bonham scored 23 points and nailed all seven 3-point attempts in the second wing Kowacie Reeves threw in 17 points and the Gators fired from behind a season-high 62 percent from the floor and 59 percent from the arch to route the Rattlers Wednesday night at the Exactech Arena/O’Connell Center. UF had two starters behind them, as sophomore guard and No. 2 goalscorer Will Richard (bruised knee) and fifth-year point guard Kyle Lofton (back) were scratches from the day of the game. Her absence opened up a spot for Reeves, who was back in the rotation after playing just eight total minutes during the team’s three games at the Phil Knight Legacy in Portland, Oregon over Thanksgiving weekend. Reeves responded great, hitting seven of 13 from the floor and three of seven from deep in a season-high 29 minutes. Not bad, right? But then there was Bonham, the 6-footer transfer from Virginia Military Institute, who came off a night of 0-for-9 shooting in Florida’s 84-55 loss to West Virginia on Sunday night. Bonham, making his fourth straight start, hit all but one of his eight shots (a 2-pointer) to walk with two rebounds and four assists. Freshman Guard Riley Bullet made his first career start and scored six points. Fifth year forward colin Castleton added 11 points, six rebounds, five assists and four blocks while going forward as a sophomore Alex Fudge had 16 points, a team-high 10 rebounds for his first career double-double and a couple of thunderous slams. Reeves got things going with a propelling baseline slam dunk, ball hit after a layup after a turnover and Bonham bombed his first 3 within the first two minutes as the Gators scored the first seven points of the game and a 19-2 hardly lead five minutes into the game. UF scored 69 percent (20-29) and 67 percent from the 3-pointer (8-12) in the first half, opening a 50-32 lead at the break with Bonham recording a perfect 5-5. 5 from the deep for 17 points and Reeves six from nine and 3 from 5 from 3 for 15 points, making it his best of the season before the break. The Gators went out of the arc as a 13-to-22 team.

UF Junior Guard Niels Lane (4) Walls on FAMUs Tarig Eisa on Wednesday the Rattlers win.

WHAT IT MEANS: The Gators only had to play one game, and of course win, to get the smack of Sunday’s loss out of their collective mouths. The performance from Reeves, whose previous season high was 11, was a feel-good story for the home team given his DNPs at Portland against Xavier and WVU.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Welcome back Kowacie.

AMAZING STATISTICS: Bonham’s 7-on-7 performance from the arc set the school’s single-game record for most 3-point attempts without a miss, which equals what Matt Walsh vs. Bethune-Cookman on December 22, 2002. The Gators won that game 99-64.

NEXT: Florida (5-3) is back home on Sunday to take on Stetson, eliminated from the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Hatters (4-2) have already defeated two state teams, beating Florida State 83-74 in the season opener in Tallahassee and winning 68-67 in South Florida a week later. The matchup will be only the second between UF and Stetson in the last 12 seasons.

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