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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Erving Walker dumped a pass down low to Patric Young, who wheeled underneath the basket and threw in a layup to give the Gators a 16th straight point and 16-point lead on host Alabama on the way to a big 61-52 road win Tuesday night.
Young’s shot gave the Gators a fat cushion, but Walker’s pass gave the senior point guard his sixth assist of the game, and with it Florida’s all-time assist record.
Walker, the 5-foot-8 fireplug from the Bronx, finished with seven assists on the night (all but one in the second half) and gave him 505 for his career, breaking the mark of 503 set by Ronnie Montgomery from 1985-88.
After the game Walker pretty much shrugged off the accomplishment, calling it an honor but also not a big deal.
“I’ll take it. I mean, I’m not mad about it,” said Walker, who last weekend also became the No. 5 scorer in school history and now has 1,634 career points to go with all those assists (and counting). “But you know I’ve been here a while and played a lot of minutes.”
That he has.
Still, Coach Billy Donovan gave his lone senior a little more credit than Walker gave himself when asked to put the record in perspective.
“The one thing with Erving, there’s a feast and famine with him. There are times when he really causes some problems for the opponent and there are some times he really causes some problems for me,” Donovan said with a smile. “But it’s pretty amazing that a guy 5-foot-8 could score 1,600 points and leave here as an all-time scorer at his size. And I think a lot of people look at him as a shot-first point guard, but that statistic right there -- all-time assist leader in school history -- says he’s a pretty unselfish kid and who is trying to do the things I ask of him.”
He’ll have no less than seven more games to pad all those numbers.
“I hope he makes that assist record so high that no one can break it,” Young said.
UPDATED ALL-TIME ASSIST CHART (since 1967-68)
No. Player Assists
1 Erving Walker (2009-present) 505
2 Ronnie Montgomery (1985-88) 503
3 Eddie Shannon (1996-99) 493
4 Nick Calathes (2008-09) 452
5 Vernon Delancy (1981-84) 427
6 Greg Williams (1994-97) 423
7 Andrew Moten (1984-87) 411
8 Brett Nelson (2000-03) 406
9 Taurean Green (2005-07) 397
10 Dan Cross (1992-95) 367