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Wednesday November 21, 2012 Boynton sits out practice, but Gators expect him back Friday vs. UCF

Updated: 5:15pm, November 21

KB injured

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- It took more than three years, but Kenny Boynton finally missed a Florida basketball practice.

The Gators senior guard is not expected to miss the next game, though.

Boynton left Tuesday night’s 58-40 win over Savannah State in the second half with a sprained left ankle and did not return. On Wednesday, he dressed out but did not participate in practice as the seventh-ranked Gators (4-0) prepared for Friday afternoon’s visit from UCF (3-1).  

“I think he’ll be OK for the next game,” Coach Billy Donovan said.

Boynton, the No. 6 scorer in school history, has been the starting point guard for each of UF’s games this season, taking over the spot after junior Scottie Wilbekin was hit with a three-game suspension to start the year for violating team rules. Wilbekin returned two games ago, but Boynton has remained at the point and leads the team in scoring at 14.3 points per game to go with 4.3 rebounds.

UF trainer David “Duke” Werner said the swelling in Boynton’s ankle went down overnight. Whether Boynton will participate when the Gators practice Thursday will be determined then.

While the Gators were practicing Wednesday, @K_Boynton was getting treatment -- and tweeting.

Gettin a lil rehab in

“I’ve done this [to the ankle] about six times, and this time actually was the best its felt afterward,” said Boynton, who did some light jogging Wednesday morning. “It was stiff this morning, but it wasn’t that bad at all.”

Meanwhile, junior forward Casey Prather was back and cleared for full-contact practice for the first time since suffering a concussion Nov. 5 courtesy of an unintended Patric Young forearm. It was Prather’s second concussion in nine days, so the UF medical staff proceeded with extreme caution before clearing Prather’s return.

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