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Tuesday January 14, 2014At the Buzzer: Florida 72, Georgia 50 (instant analysis)

Chris Harry
By Chris Harry Senior Writer


WHAT HAPPENED: The seventh-ranked Gators raced to a 20-point halftime lead and then buried the Georgia Bulldogs behind a flurry of second-half 3-point shots. Sophomore guard Michael Frazier, who missed six of his first seven 3 attempts, bombed four straight over a 3-minute period to finish with 21 points. Senior forward Will Yeguete had 12 points, all but two in the first half, to go with six rebounds. Senior center Patric Young had 10 points and nine rebounds.

WHAT IT MEANS: UF improved to 3-0 in the Southeastern Conference, pushing them to, for the time being, a half-game lead over Kentucky and Texas A&M (both 2-0). The win also was Florida’s 25th straight at the O’Connell Center, setting the record for most consecutive home wins.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: It was “Pat Young Beard Night,” with the first 1,000 Rowdy Reptiles in the student section getting mock orange beards. Young and his teammates certainly fed off the crowd, especially on the defensive end. UF limiited UGA to just 33 percent from the floor and 3-for-9 from the 3-point line.

STAGGERING STATISTIC: Georgia guard Charles Mann was named SEC Player of the Week on Monday after leading the Bulldogs to a pair of big wins last week, including a huge road upset of Missouri. Mann and his backcourt mate, Kenny Gaines, were averaged 36.5 points in those two SEC wins. Against the UF defense, they combined for 19 points on just 10 shots and commited six turnovers.

SUBPLOT: Frazier’s unusually cold hand to start the game was not something the Gators were used to seeing. But what he did late in the game was silly.

UP NEXT: Florida (14-2, 3-0) hits the road for an SEC date at Auburn (8-5, 0-2) Saturday at 4 p.m. The Tigers played Wednesday night at Tennessee.


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