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UF whips Missouri, hands Donovan 400th win

Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 09:59 AM
GAINESVILLE -

In the past week, Florida sent a message to Missouri and Texas A&M's basketball teams: Welcome to the SEC.

First, the Gators bombarded the Aggies. Less than 48 hours later, the Tigers came to Gainesville ... and could have hit the road at halftime.

The 10th-ranked Gators (14-2, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) scored the first 11 points against Missouri (13-4, 2-2) as Florida rolled to a 83-52 win Saturday before a sellout crowd of 12,597 that marked Billy Donovan's 400th victory in 17 years as the program's head coach.

Fifty-eight of those wins have come against ranked teams. The players honored the moment with a basketball rarity — center Patric Young dumped a bucket of ice water on him in the locker room.

"Basketball coaches don't have that happen to them very often. And I'll tell you what, that was really, really really cold,'' Donovan said. "I mean really cold. He got me pretty good.''

The win total, however, made him felt very warm when talking about who was really responsible.

"It's always special when you have friends and family, and your players and crowd and that kind of stuff,'' Donovan said. "But like I've said before, I think all those individual things as it relates to coaching, it's much, much more of a reflection on the players I've had a chance to coach here. I mean that's really what it's about.

"For me to be here and to be a part of 400 wins, I don't look at them as my wins, I look at them as University of Florida wins. And just seeing (former point guard and longtime NBA player) Jason Williams was here today watching the game, he's a part of that too. There's a lot of guys that were not in the building that were a part of it. So I never, ever look at those things as being something I did.

"There's a lot of people involved. I happen to be the head coach so the won-loss is on my record, but overall there's a lot of people that were not here that played a significant role in it.''

It was the most points UF has scored in an SEC game this season and the lowest offensive output of the year for Missouri.

"They beat us in all facets of the game today," Tigers coach Frank Haith said. "Florida made all of the proper adjustments, decisions and plays throughout the course of the game.''

Erik Murphy led the Gators with 15 points while Kenny Boynton had 14 and Scottie Wilbekin and Will Yeguete had 13 each. Wilbekin had 10 assists.

Missouri star point guard Phil Pressey had a miserable game, finishing with just two points and six assists while turning the ball over 10 times.

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