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Gators Dispatch of Ole Miss

Feb 04, 2013 -- 9:04am

 

By: Charles Kane (Twitter: @ckane02)   

 

Erik Murphy led the way in scoring with 19 points for No. 4 Florida as they cruised past No. 16 Mississippi to win their 10th consecutive game 78-64.  

 

 Murphy shot 7-8 from the field including 5-6 from 3-point range. He leads SEC 3-point field goal percentage at 49%. Murphy also added six rebounds and two blocks.  

 

The Gators never trailed in this one and the Rebels were always within striking distance until the last five minutes or so. Both teams came out with plenty of energy. Ole Miss made four of their first six shots before missing 10 of their next 13 to let Florida pull away a bit. All of Florida’s first five baskets came from a different starter.  

 

This was one of the most complete team efforts of the season for the Gators. Statistically each starter had an efficient game. Patric Young shot 6-8 from the field and finished with 13 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks. He continued his streak of shooting 50% or better in every game this season. His last game under 50% was March 9.   

 

Mike Rosario added 14 points on 6-10 shooting. Kenny Boynton was a point shy of a double-double scoring nine points and dishing out 10 assists. The Rebels, in comparison, as a team only had five assists. Scottie Wilbekin also had more assists than the Rebels with seven. He finished with 13 points.  

 

 Mississippi’s leading scorer on the season, Marshall Henderson, scored 25 points. He shot 8-15 from the field and an outstanding 7-11 from 3-point range. Not including Henderson, the Rebels shot 33% from the field on 13-40 shooting. Murphy Holloway scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Florida had 23 assists to Mississippi’s five.  

 

The Gators improved to 18-2 Saturday and 8-0 against SEC opponents. They have won 10 straight games by at least 14 points. Ole Miss fell to 17-4 and 6-2 in SEC play. The Gators next game is Tuesday, Feb. 5 at Arkansas.

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