Bulldogs trounced by Gators
by Mark Long
Associated Press Sports Writer
January 15, 2014 12:51 AM | 498 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Florida’s Kasey Hill, left, chases down a loose ball as Georgia’s Kenny Gaines trails during the first half of Tuesday’s game. The Bulldogs saw a two-game SEC winning streak snapped with a lopsided Gator triumph.
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Florida’s Kasey Hill, left, chases down a loose ball as Georgia’s Kenny Gaines trails during the first half of Tuesday’s game. The Bulldogs saw a two-game SEC winning streak snapped with a lopsided Gator triumph.
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Michael Frazier II scored a career-high 21 points and No. 7 Florida handled Georgia 72-50 on Tuesday night, setting a school record for consecutive home wins.

The undermanned Gators won their 25th straight at the O’Connell Center, topping the previous mark set between March 2006 and November 2007. Two-time national champions Corey Brewer, Taurean Green, Al Horford and Joakim Noah did most of the heavy lifting in that streak.

This group, which has four seniors who have lost in three straight regional finals, barely acknowledged their achievement. They have loftier goals.

And if Frazier continues to play like he did against the Bulldogs, Florida (14-2, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) certainly could improve its chances of making a deep run in the NCAA tournament. Frazier was 7-of-16, including 5-of-12 from 3-point range. His previous high was 20 points in a loss to Wisconsin early this season.

Juwan Parker led Georgia (8-7, 2-1) with 13 points while Marcus Thornton added 11 points and seven rebounds.

Dorian Finney-Smith scored 14 points for Florida, while Will Yeguete added 12 and Pat Young 10.

Florida won despite playing its second game without leading scorer Casey Prather, who sat out with a bruised right knee. The Gators had just seven scholarship players. Florida got even thinner when point guard Scottie Wilbekin left the game midway through the second half with cramps.

He got treatment and returned a few minutes later. But just as he re-entered the game, guard DeVon Walker headed to the locker room with a busted lip.

In the midst of those issues, the Gators went 9:43 without a field goal in the second half, but the Bulldogs did little to take advantage of the lull.

Georgia’s real problem was the opening 20 minutes. Florida used a 24-4 run in the first half to open a 20-point lead and pretty much coasted from there. Frazier, Finney-Smith, Wilbekin and Walker all hit 3s in the spurt.

Florida finished 11-of-26 from behind the arc.

The Bulldogs had nearly as many turnovers (12) as points (16) at halftime. They shot 31.6 percent from the field, well shy of Florida’s 50 percent shooting.

The closest Georgia got was 45-31 with about 11 minutes to play.

Frazier’s fifth 3 made it 70-39 and sent many scrambling for the exits in a laugher.

Georgia looked nothing like the same team that upset Missouri and Alabama to open conference play.

Charles Mann, who scored 40 points in those games and earned SEC player of the week honors, finished with 8 points on 3-of-7 shooting.

Florida’s last loss at the O’Dome was March 4, 2012, against Kentucky.

The Gators have won eight straight this season and 12 in a row at home against the Bulldogs.

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