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Tuesday December 28, 1999Men's basketball team beats VMI 113-to-68

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Paced by freshman Donnell Harvey (pictured left) and Brett Nelson, the sixth ranked Florida Gators defeated V-M-I 113-to-68 in a rare Tuesday matinee at the Stephen C. O-Connell Center. Harvey scored a career-high 22 points while Nelson made five three-pointers and also reached a career- high with 19 points. Another freshman, Matt Bonner, chipped in with 14 points - also a career high. The Gators hit the century mark for the third time this season despite top scorers Mike Miller and Ted Dupay combining for just 2-of-7 from the floor. "I knew it was going to be a track meet", said Gator coach Billy Donovan in his post-game radio interview. "I thought our intensity was very good". Donovan liked the way his frontcourt players performed. "The way V-M-I plays the lowpost, they really don't like to double down. They like to play the post one-to-one. And that certainly enabled Udonis (Haslem) and Donnell (Harvey) to be factors for us up front." Harvey and Haslem combined to score 31 points. Brent Wright scored 14 points and made 8-for- 8 free throws to give him 20 straight. The Gators have now won eight straight games, tying the second highest winning streak in school history. Florida, now 10-and-1, faces South Alabama on Thursday. It's the final tuneup before the start of the S-E-C schedule.
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