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The Gators cruised to a 76-34 win over Savannah State on Sunday afternoon at the O'Connell Center.

Sunday December 29, 2013Gators 76, Savannah State 34 (instant analysis)

The Gators cruised to a 76-34 win over Savannah State on Sunday afternoon at the O'Connell Center.

Scott Carter
By SCOTT CARTER Senior Writer

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The No 13-ranked Gators had no trouble closing out 2013 with a victory.

Florida had four players score in double figures and nine players score overall in a 76-34 rout of Savannah State.

The win was the Gators' fourth in a row and 10th in 12 games this season.

Here is instant analysis from Sunday's game:

WHAT IT MEANS: The Gators end the calendar year on a good note as they turn their focus toward 2014 and the start of conference play. However, before facing South Carolina in the conference opener Jan. 8, the Gators have a home game Saturday against Richmond. Florida coach Billy Donovan spoke after the game about how he is looking foward to this week at practice due to a full complement of players. Recent additions Chris Walker and Alex Murphy were on the bench Sunday, and while Murphy is not eligible to play until next season and Walker's status remains uncertain, they add depth and versatility at practice.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Senior center Patric Young received a standing ovation late in the game when his offensive rebound and putback gave him more than 1,000 career points. Young became the 50th player in school history to eclipse 1,000 career points.

STAGGERING STATISTIC: The Gators led 34-11 at halftime. Savannah State had more turnovers (13) than points at the break. 

SUBPLOT: With the game well out of reach late, Donovan opted to pull most of his starters and get some valuable game time for Devon Walker and Kasey Hill to help them prepare for the league schedule. Hill lost playing time earlier in the season due to an ankle injury and Walker is a player Donovan said Sunday he wants to use some in the regular rotation as he continues to improve.

UP NEXT: UF hosts Richmond on Saturday at the O'Connell Center in the final nonconference game of the season. Starting Jan. 8 against the Gamecocks, the Gators play 18 consecutive SEC games, a stretch that closes March 8 at home against Kentucky.


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