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Wednesday March 5, 2014 Charting the Gators: Frazier is 10th Billy D player to score 30

Updated: 11:08am, March 5


GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Don’t look now, but Michael Frazier II just made another 3-pointer.

The Florida sophomore shooting guard rained 11 on South Carolina in a 72-46 road win Tuesday night. The performance, obviously, was significant for the team because it fueled a 22nd straight win and improved the top-ranked Gators to 28-2 overall and 17-0 in Southeastern Conference play. It was significant for Frazier because the 11 treys were the most ever by a player in an SEC game, breaking the mark of 10 held collectively by LSU’s Chris Jackson, Auburn’s Lance Weems and Kentucky’s Jodie Meeks.

Frazier up As for UF context, Frazier was 17 points shy of the school record for points in a single game held by Tony Miller, who went for 54 against Chicago State on Feb. 29, 1972 at the old Florida Gym. Frazier was three points shy -- and actually missed his last long ball attempt -- of becoming just the seventh Gator to hit the 40-point milestone and first since Eugene "The Dunking Machine" McDowell flushed 40 on Biscayne on Dec. 21, 1982.

It was the 102nd time a UF player went for 30 in a game, but just the 13th time during Coach Billy Donovan’s 18 seasons. That’s because the system Donovan runs -- when executed correctly, as in the way the Gators are doing it now -- is not designed to get a guy a shot; it’s designed to get the best shot for any one of five guys on the floor.

Against a South Carolina defense that continuely left UF's 3-point assassin open from his most deadly long-distance spots, that guy was Frazier.

“That’s why I love the offense,” Frazier said after his lights-out performance made him just the 10th Donovan player to go for 30 and the first since Erving Walker in 2012. “It could be anybody. Tonight it was just my night.”

Of course, it helps when what you do best counts for one point extra.

Here’s the Billy D 30-point honor roll, led by guard Anthony Roberson (pictured right), who did it three times.

Anthony Roberson Pts    Player                           Date                       Opponent                   Outcome
37     Joakim Noah                March 1, 2006       Georgia                      W 77-66
         Michael Frazier            March 4, 2014        at South Carolina     W 72-46
35     Anthony Roberson      March 13, 2004     *vs Vanderbilt           W 91-69
34     Anthony Roberson      Jan. 12, 2005         at Auburn                  W 84-78 (OT)
33     Greg Stolt                     Dec. 10, 1996          South Florida           W 85-53
         Matt Walsh                    Dec. 21, 2002         at Miami                    W 94-93 (2OT)
         Nick Calathes               Feb. 10, 2009        at Kentucky                L 68-65
32     Nick Calathes              Jan. 3, 2009           North Carolina St.   W 68-66 
31     Jason Williams             Dec. 9, 1997          at Texas                     L 85-82
         Kenyan Weaks            March 5, 1998         *vs Auburn               W 68-64
         Matt Bonner                 Dec. 8, 2001           at South Florida        W 92-73
         Erving Walker              Feb. 18, 2012         at Arkansas               W 98-68
30     Anthony Roberson     Jan. 15, 2005         at Vanderbilt             W 82-65 

* Denotes SEC Tournament game

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