No. 11 Florida 96, Florida A&M 44
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ It didn’t matter where Kenyan Weaks shot the ball. He was perfect from the field and the foul line in scoring 23 points Saturday to pace No. 11 Florida’s 96-44 rout of Florida A&M.
Weaks, the lone senior on a team featuring 11 freshmen and sophomores, hit all eight of his field goal attempts, including three from behind the 3-point line. He made all four of his free throws and also had an assist, four steals, two blocked shots and five rebounds.
The only negative number on the 6-foot-4 guard’s stat line was three turnovers as 12 of 13 players who suited up for the Gators (5-1) scored at least two points.
Weaks was joined in double figures by Donnell Harvey with 14 points and Udonis Haslem with 10. Harvey also led Florida with nine rebounds.
Florida A&M (1-4) shot 32 percent (17-of-53) and had more turnovers (29) than points (27) with nine minutes to go. Reserve Kendric Green led the Rattlers with 11 points.
Florida scored the first 13 points of the game and led 37-19 at halftime, holding FAMU to just 26 percent shooting (6-of-23).
The Rattlers struggled against the Gators’ fullcourt pressure defense, turning the ball over 17 times in the first 20 minutes. They finished with 35 turnovers and were outscored 59-25 in the second half.
Weaks, the Gators’ second-leading scorer at a little more than 12 points per game, was 6-for-6 in the first half to equal the field goal total for the entire Florida A&M team.
While the senior was 3-for-3 from 3-point range, the rest of the Gators were 1-for-11. Fouls became a problem for FAMU as the game progressed and the Rattlers were outscored 32-10 from the foul line.
The victory was the third straight for Florida since the Gators lost to Purdue in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational.