Marquette vs Florida

No. 7 Gators rough up Marquette

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Benched because of his attitude in practice, Pat Young responded as well as Florida coach Billy Donovan could have imagined.

Young had 10 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and three blocks as the seventh-ranked Gators routed Marquette 82-49 Thursday night in the SEC-Big East Challenge.

Young played with energy and effort -- the kind of performance Donovan expects every night from his 6-foot-9 junior center.

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"My job as a coach is to bring out the best in Patric Young as a player," Donovan said. "Right now, he wasn't doing that. It wasn't performance. It was effort, his attitude, his disruptiveness in practice that caused me to say you're not starting. Give Patric credit. He responded with a great effort."

Young was one of six players in double figures for Florida (6-0).

The Gators took control midway through the first half, building a double-digit lead thanks to Michael Frazier II's hot hand and solid defense, and never let up.

They kept things rolling after the break, opening up a 23-point lead on Will Yeguete's layup.

And get this: the Gators stayed unbeaten without much help from Kenny Boynton. The team's leading scorer missed his first six shots and was scoreless until hitting a jumper with 16:34 remaining.

Boynton finished with six points on 2-of-11 shooting. Frazier (17 points), Yeguete (11), Casey Prather (11), Mike Rosario (11), and Erik Murphy (10) all scored in double digits.

Vander Blue led Marquette (5-2) with 20 points, the team's only player in double figures.

Florida's balanced scoring was impressive, but was overshadowed by Frazier and Young.

Frazier made 5 of 8 shots from 3-point range, getting on such a role in the first half that teammates started looking for the 6-4 freshman guard.

"I don't know when I started feeling it," Frazier said. "I kept playing, kept shooting, I was open. My teammates did a great job of finding me, and shots went down. The bucket did seem a little bit bigger than usual. When you get extra shots up and your teammates find you, you can't ask for anything more."

Young, meanwhile, came off the bench for the first time this season.

But he played nothing like a reserve. He dominated the boards and did all the little things. He had two monster blocks, a couple of nifty passes, went after loose balls and had a leaping steal near midcourt that turned into points.

"I believe that (Donovan) sees something far greater than what I see in myself, and I just need to embrace the moment of adversity," Young said. "When he says he's squeezing us, I need to embrace those moments and trust my teammates to help me because I don't have to do this on my own."

Florida held Marquette to 41 percent shooting, the latest shutdown for Donovan's defensive-minded team. The Gators have held opponents to 26 or fewer points in 10 of 12 halves this season.

The Golden Eagles scored 24 in the first and 25 in the second. They finished 3 of 12 from 3-point range and turned the ball over 14 times.

Marquette had won three in a row and was looking to avenge last season's loss to the Gators in the NCAA tournament. Florida won 68-58 in the round of 16 in Phoenix.

Marquette lost Jae Crowder and Darius-Johnson Odom off that team, but the Golden Eagles showed little drop-off while playing Butler tight in the Maui Invitational and beating Mississippi State and USC.

But they were overmatched in Gainesville.

"I've never been beat this bad in my entire career -- 179 games as a head coach," Marquette coach Buzz Williams said. "That's the worst loss. Not close."

Florida opened a 23-13 lead midway through the first half, pushed it to 38-20 on consecutive 3s from Frazier and could have cruised in the second half.

Instead, the Gators poured it on. Frazier's fifth 3-pointer made it 70-39 with 6:14 remaining.

About the only concerns for the Gators were a couple of minor injuries.

Murphy went to the locker room with what appeared to be a hip injury, and Scottie Wilbekin went down with a right leg injury

"I think they're good enough to win the whole thing," Williams said.

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Florida center Patric Young tries to save the ball in the Gators' win over Marquette on Thursday. (US Presswire)
Florida center Patric Young tries to save the ball in the Gators' win over Marquette on Thursday. (US Presswire)
Scoreboard
Marquette (5-2)242549
Florida #7 (6-0) «384482
MARQET:V. Blue 20 Pts
MARQET:J. Wilson 6 Reb
MARQET:T. Lockett 2 Ast
FLA:M. Frazier II 17 Pts
FLA:P. Young 10 Reb
FLA:K. Boynton 5 Ast

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
MarquetteFlorida
MARQET
Vander Blue
FLA
Patric Young
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
204210103
Marquette Golden Eagles
V. Blue, G328-142-442420
J. Wilson, F261-81-26123
T. Lockett, G242-71-34225
C. Otule, C180-10-01110
J. Cadougan, G181-40-01222
J. Thomas, G221-30-00113
D. Wilson, G223-50-02216
D. Gardner, F193-40-01016
S. Taylor, Jr., F92-30-01004
J. Anderson, F70-10-01110
J. Ferguson, G30-10-00000
G. Swanson, FDid Not Play
T. Mayo, GDid Not Play
D. Flood, GDid Not Play
Totals 21-514-921121549
 41.2%44.4% 
Florida Gators
K. Boynton, G342-112-30506
M. Rosario, G322-66-632211
S. Wilbekin, G272-60-02414
W. Yeguete, F255-61-270211
E. Murphy, F-C174-70-030210
P. Young, C223-64-5103110
M. Frazier II, G226-90-021117
C. Prather, G-F164-42-231011
J. Kurtz, G20-00-00000
D. Graham, G10-00-00000
B. Ogbueze, G10-00-01000
D. Walker, G-F10-02-21002
D. Harris, FDid Not Play
D. Finney-Smith, FDid Not Play
B. Donovan, GDid Not Play
Totals 28-5517-203216982
 50.9%85.0% 
Big East
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Villanova16-233-32
Butler12-623-1131
Georgetown12-622-1125
Providence11-722-1222
St. Johns10-821-1244
Xavier9-923-1430
Seton Hall6-1216-1597
DePaul6-1212-20197
Creighton4-1414-19151
Marquette4-1413-19147

Southeastern
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Kentucky18-038-11
Arkansas13-527-920
LSU11-722-1157
Georgia11-721-1238
Texas A&M11-721-1267
Ole Miss11-721-1360
Vanderbilt9-921-14104
Alabama8-1019-1585
Florida8-1016-1772
Tennessee7-1116-1696
S. Carolina6-1217-1691
Miss. State6-1213-19216
Auburn4-1415-20128
Missouri3-159-23218
 
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UK 50 Final
ND 64
LCSC 57 Final
GONZ 104