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Gators cruise to victory over Jacksonville


Published:   |   Updated: November 26, 2013 at 12:29 AM

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JACKSONVILLE — Casey Prather scored 27 points, former Plant High star Michael Frazier II added 17 and No. 15 Florida handled Jacksonville 86-60 Monday night.

The Gators (5-1) won their fourth consecutive game following a loss at 10th-ranked Wisconsin two weeks ago. The latest victory was a final tuneup before the team’s toughest stretch of the season — games against Florida State, Connecticut, Kansas and Memphis.

It should help that point guard Scottie Wilbekin has returned to the rotation. Coach Billy Donovan even started the senior, who was suspended the first five games of the season and an exhibition for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

Wilbekin finished with 12 points, seven assists, five rebounds and only two turnovers. Dorian Finney-Smith added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the visitors. Patric Young chipped in 13 points.

Jarvis Haywood led the Dolphins (2-4) with 16 points. Vince Martin added 11 points and 10 boards.

Wilbekin was instrumental in getting Florida’s offense in rhythm early. The Gators led 16-5 after Frazier’s second 3-pointer and made it 28-10 on Jacob Kurtz’s layup. Wilbekin’s driving layup with 6:05 remaining in the half was his first bucket of the season. His runner in the lane just before the buzzer put Florida ahead 48-29 at the break.

UF opened the second half with a 10-4 spurt.

FLORIDA (5-1) — Yeguete 0-3 1-2 1, Prather 11-13 5-9 27, Young 5-9 3-5 13, Wilbekin 5-9 0-2 12, Walker 0-0 0-0 0, Carter 0-1 0-0 0, Finney-Smith 4-9 5-8 14, Edwards 0-0 0-0 0, Frazier II 5-6 2-2 17, Kurtz 1-1 0-0 2, Donovan 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 31-52 16-28 86.

JACKSONVILLE (2-4) — Dawson 4-14 0-0 8, Holder 2-4 0-1 4, Slawson 3-7 0-0 8, Martin 4-7 0-1 11, Haywood 5-9 6-6 16, Bogus 0-0 0-0 0, Fleming 2-7 1-4 5, Bell 0-0 0-0 0, White 1-8 0-0 2, Hunt 1-3 0-0 2, Alderman 1-2 2-5 4. Totals 23-61 9-17 60.

Halftime—Florida 48-29. 3-Point Goals—Florida 8-13 (Frazier II 5-6, Wilbekin 2-2, Finney-Smith 1-3, Carter 0-1, Donovan 0-1), Jacksonville 5-14 (Martin 3-3, Slawson 2-3, Hunt 0-1, Haywood 0-1, Fleming 0-1, Holder 0-1, White 0-4). Fouled Out—Slawson. Rebounds—Florida 37 (Finney-Smith 11), Jacksonville 33 (Martin 10). Assists—Florida 19 (Wilbekin 7), Jacksonville 11 (Alderman, Haywood 3). Total Fouls—Florida 15, Jacksonville 20. A—5,625.

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