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Boynton's career effort carries Florida past Yale

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 08:28 AM
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -

Kenny Boynton played like his old self in an old gym.

The senior guard matched his career high with 28 points on 8-for-10 shooting from 3-point range and No. 13 Florida used a 26-3 run spanning the halves to beat Yale 79-58 on Sunday night.

Boynton, a 34 percent 3-point shooter for his career, had been struggling mightily recently. He was 7-for-39 from beyond the arc in his previous six games. He was 1-for-2 at halftime from behind the 3-point line against Yale. That all changed in the second half.

Boynton made seven of nine 3-point attempts in the second half.

"It was more of a mindset than just shooting good to get out of the slump," Boynton said.

Florida coach Billy Donovan had a different way of looking at Boynton's big game.

"I think he did much more in the lane. He found people and made some penetration and his passes led to other passes that were three assists," he said. "Going by people on the dribble you have to give him space and he got some for himself and made things happen and he was able to shoot in rhythm."

Will Yeguette had 14 points and nine rebounds, and Mike Rosario added 13 points for the Gators (10-2), whose losses are to No. 3 Arizona and No. 25 Kansas State. The Gators shot 60 percent from the field for the game (30 of 50), including nine of 17 from 3-point range.

"Boynton's 3's allowed them to continue their lead," Yale coach James Jones said. "We did a poor job of locating him too many times."

Justin Sears had 15 points, Javier Duren added 14 and Armani Cotton had 12 for the Bulldogs (5-11), who have lost four of five.

Yale was hanging around for most of the first half, getting to 21-20 with 5:27 to play in the opening 20 minutes. Then came the run and it was a matter of Florida deciding how large a margin of victory it would be.

Florida's 14-3 run to close the half made it 35-23, its largest lead until then. Yale missed six of seven shots in the run and had two turnovers.

That wasn't the worst of it. The Gators scored the first 12 points of the second half, the run closing on a 3-pointer by Boynton that made it 47-23 with 18:17 to play. The Bulldogs had turnovers on four consecutive possessions in the run.

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