Florida didn’t shoot the ball particularly well, but when you can outrebound your opponent by 23, a few clanks here and there hardly matter.
The 16th-ranked Gators (9-2) defeated Fresno State 66-49 in the second game of the doubleheader at BB&T Center.
Florida made just 1 of 13 three-pointers in the first half, and the Gators went into the break with a narrow 23-19 lead. In the second half, UF took it to the rim more, attempting just five three-pointers and making four.
“It was a tale of two halves,” UF coach Billy Donovan said. “In the first half, we were out of sync. I think late in the first half, we were a little bit frustrated. In the second half, we had much more action at the rim.”
Senior wing Casey Prather led the Gators with 16 points, making 8 of 11 shots, mostly on drives. He did not attempt a three-pointer or a free throw.
Fresno State (6-6) was led by guard Cezar Guerrero, who made just 5 of 14 shots and had a game-high 17 points. Florida held Fresno State to 32 percent shooting overall, including 4 of 17 on three-pointers.
“I think our defense was consistent,” Donovan said. “I was proud of the way we defended.”
Guerrero credited Florida’s defense but also said the rims at the BB&T Center were problematic.
“The rims were really hard,” Guerrero said. “I looked at it as street-ball rims. You had to really make a swish to get it through the hoop.”
Donovan said senior forward Will Yeguete was the Gators’ most underrated player, scoring nine points and grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds.
“Will was awesome,” Donovan said. “He was active defensively getting loose balls. He made a lot of great plays.”