Florida

Florida 102 Florida A&M 62

FINAL

UF102

FAM 60

Florida knocks down 13 three-pointers and earns a career-high 23 points from Trey Bonham, in addition to a season-high 17 points from Kowacie Reeves sophomore, in UF’s overwhelming win over the Rattlers.

SECOND HALF

– Aleks Szymczyk drives and finishes on the edge and now Alex Klatsky will check in at 2:48 to play and win the Gators 98-51. Szymczyk with his first points with Florida.

– Alex Fudge goes to the rack but can’t finish the dunk in the transition. However, he hits a three to give the Gators a 96-47 lead.

– Florida’s lead has increased to 40 after an 11-4 run in the last three minutes. Four players with more than seven minutes playing time in the double digits.

– Castleton is now in double digits with a mid-range jumper. On Florida’s previous possession, Myreon Jones scored his first field goal.

– After Myreon Jones pulls a load, Bonham hits another threesome. He’s hit his UF career high of 23 points with 14:23 remaining.

– Trey Bonham gets the steal and hits a step-back three-pointer with the defender in his face. He has scored 19 points or more in three of the last four games.

– Reeves passes Castleton before cutting to the brim and finishing with two hands. The sophomore has up to 17 points in tonight’s 7-of-11 shoot.

– Bullet enters and ends up on the edge after a 0v3 launch from the field for the Gators. Florida are up 18 as the U16s timeout approaches.

– As the Gators come back on court at half-time with five minutes left, sophomore forward Alex Fudge gets his left wrist bandaged. It seems bothering him, but he’s capable of knocking over Dreier when shooting around. Regardless of anything to see as the Gators are already without a starting pair in Lofton tonight and Richard due to minor injuries.

FIRST HALF

— Bonham hits another three-pointer right before the buzzer to give the Gators a 50-31 lead at halftime. A strong performance from the field for Florida – 20-for-29. FAMU shot 12 of 29 from the field. Bonham and Kowacie Reeves have 32 points combined, surpassing the Rattlers alone.

– Gators are 6-of-7 from outside the arc tonight while Trey Bonham converts from afar to give UF the 36-22 lead.

– Lane comes in, misses his first shot, hits his second, records a steal and converts his third field goal attempt to quickly give him four points. Florida’s lead is up to 33-17 with 7:28 to play in the first half.

– Niels Lane now goes to the scorer table. An early appearance for Lane on a night when the Gators are shorthanded but have an early lead.

– Kowacie Reeves hits another threesome. He already has 11 points in less than nine minutes of action.

– Jason Jitoboh checks in for the first time tonight with Florida 22-7.

– Reeves jumps to Castleton, who finishes the undisputed lay-in to give the Gators a 19-2 lead.

– Trey Bonham with Florida’s third three-pointer of the night. Florida went 2-of-17 from three-point range in the previous game, UF’s 84-55 loss to West Virginia.

– Another three from Kowacie. And then he snags the defensive rebound, finds Kugel driving and hits a 12-foot pullup. Florida opens the game 14-2, forcing FAMU to call a time-out – seconds before the U16 media time-out.

– Florida folds in transition and Riley Kugel, who turns 19 today, lands on the sideline for opening points. Florida A&M presses but the Gators hit it when Kowacie Reeves knocks down a three-pointer on UF’s third possession to give the Gators an early lead 7-0.

REMARKS

– A pair of Florida starters – Sophomore grand pianos Will Richard and fifth-year point guard Kyle Lofton – will miss Wednesday’s competition due to minor injuries.

PRE-GAME INSTRUCTIONS

– Florida and Florida A&M will face off for the 12th time in series history, but the first time since 2009. All but one of the series’ games have been played in Gainesville, with the sole exception of a December 2006 clash in Tampa took place.

– The Gators are trying to recover from Sunday’s loss to West Virginia. Kyle Lofton scored a season-high 17 in-game points for UF.

Trey Bonham averaged 17.7 points over three games, including Florida’s wins over Florida State and Oregon State, along with the game against Xavier.

Will Richard has scored one efficient goal from the wing and has at least 13 points in six of Florida’s seven games while shooting .571 from field, .520 from 3-point range and .947 from the free throw line. Richard scored a season-high with 18 points against Xavier.

– Colin Castleton’s double-double against Xavier (11 points, 10 rebounds) marked his 15th as a gator and tied with Joakim Noah and Chandler Parsons for the fifth most by a Gator since the 1996-97 season.

– UF’s 19-point rally at Florida State was the fourth-biggest in team history and the biggest on the road since a 22-point comeback in South Carolina on Feb. 24, 1993. Castleton scored 19 of his 25 points in the second half .

Colin Castleton opened the season on fire, notching back-to-back 30-point games, notching a career-best 33 against Kennesaw State and 30 against FAU. Nine times in UF history has an individual recorded consecutive 30-point games, and Castleton is the seventh different player to accomplish the feat. He was the first since Anthony Roberson in January 2005 (see page 6 for full list).

– Castleton became the first gator with a 30-point double-double since Joakim Noah (11/37 v Georgia, 3/1/06) and the only SEC player since the 1996-97 season with 30 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots in a game, a statistic he achieved against FAU.

Kowacie Reeves started in the first four games of the season and rose later with a pair of 3-pointers in the win over Kennesaw State. Reeves had a strong postseason in his freshman campaign, averaging 16.3 points over the Gators’ three tournament games, including a career-best 21 against Texas A&M in the SEC tournament.

– Grade Point Guard Kyle Lofton (Saint Bonaventure), a three-time All-A-10 who scored 1,613 points in four seasons with the Bonnies, came to Florida via the transfer portal. UF also brings a trio of transfers, all with three years left to play: Junior Trey Bonham (VMI), second year Alex Fudge (LSU) and sophomore Will Richard (Belmont).

— Bonham averaged 11.3 points over two seasons at VMI, and Richard averaged 12.1 points per game during his freshman campaign at Belmont while the bouncy Jacksonville native was Alex Fudge looks to make a second jump.

– UF also added two newcomers who are getting a back seat at the Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando Denzel Aberdeen and Riley ballalong with the big man Alex Szymczyk from Frankfurt, Germany.

– Golden took the lead in Florida after three seasons as head coach in San Francisco. He set a 57-36 record with the Dons and led them to their first NCAA tournament offer since 1998 and their first pick at large since 1982.

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