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Johnson leads way, Florida beats undermanned Ole Miss 71-55

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida responded from its worst performance of the season with one of its best.

It's what most everyone has come to expect from coach Mike White's consistently inconsistent team.

Keyontae Johnson scored 15 points, Kerry Blackshear Jr. added 13 and the Gators handled undermanned Ole Miss 71-55 on Tuesday night.

Coming off a 16-point loss at Missouri, the Gators (11-5, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) were considerably more efficient on both ends against the Rebels (9-7, 0-3). They shot 54% from the field and forced 18 turnovers.

''We definitely needed a win after that,'' Florida point guard Andrew Nembhard said. ''It was kind of a bad loss for us at Missouri.''

Nembhard sliced through Ole Miss' zone defense repeatedly, getting to the rim with NBA moves and finishing with 10 points and six assists.

Johnson did a little bit of everything, making 6 of 7 shots and adding chipping in six rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Blackshear chipped in nine rebounds for Florida, ending up one board shy of his eighth double-double of the season.

''Just coming out with more edge, especially on the defensive side of the ball,'' Nembhard said. ''We've been slacking these last few games. We picked it up a lot on that side of the ball.''

Ole Miss played without leading scorer Breein Tyree, a senior who is averaging 17.8 points a game. Tyree bruised his back while landing hard on the floor in practice. Starting center Khadim Sy also didn't make the trip.

''We thought he may play,'' coach Kermit Davis said of Tyree. ''I know one thing: when he can play, he'll play. He just took a heck of a fall. Guy tried to block his shot, physical play, real clean play. I hope he'll be available for LSU.''

KJ Buffen paced Ole Miss with 20 points. Sophomore Blake Hinson added 16 points and 11 rebounds for his first double-double in college.

''I thought for the most part we competed,'' Davis said. ''We had a lot of guys that obviously hadn't played that many minutes.''

The Gators were up 40-28 at halftime and scored the first seven points coming out of the locker room to really pull away. They led by as many as 23 in the second half.

Florida opened and closed the first half with huge runs. The Gators scored 14 of the game's first 18 points, building a 10-point lead and looking like they would run the Rebels off the court.

Davis called two timeouts in the first 4-plus minutes of the game, trying everything he could to slow down the Gators. It eventually - albeit briefly - worked.

Ole Miss scored 10 straight points to get back in the game, with Hinson doing most of the heavy lifting. A sophomore who grew up about 100 miles southeast of Gainesville in Deltona, Hinson made two 3-pointers and a driving layup to help close the gap. His jumper midway through the first half gave the Rebels their first and only lead.

Florida went back in front for good on Johnson's 3-pointer from the corner. That was part of seven consecutive made baskets for the Gators, who put together a 16-3 run to seize control.

MILESTONE VICTORY

White notched his 100th victory at Florida in his fifth season, becoming the program's fifth coach to reach the mark and the second fastest. White accomplished the feat against his alma mater. Only Billy Donovan reached the 100-win milestone faster.

''I never would have imagined,'' White said. ''Pretty cool, though. I've had obviously really, really good players. Blessed to be at a terrific program. Hopefully we can win some more.''

BIG PICTURE

Ole Miss: The Rebels are 0-3 in SEC play for the first time since 2011. They finished 7-9 that season under former coach Andy Kennedy. These Rebels might not be so fortunate, especially with an upcoming stretch that includes two games against LSU, one against Auburn and road tests against Tennessee and Georgia.

Florida: The Gators once again looked like thought they would before the season. They've been up and down through 16 games, but clearly have the talent and depth to make an NCAA Tournament run.

UP NEXT

Ole Miss: Hosts LSU on Saturday. It will be the first of two meetings between the teams this season. The Tigers have won five of six in the series.

Florida: Hosts No. 4 Auburn on Saturday. The Tigers have won two straight in the series after dropping 21 of 22.

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1st Half

Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Florida  
19:40 +2 Andrew Nembhard made jump shot 0-2
19:30   Bad pass turnover on Franco Miller Jr.  
19:16 +2 Andrew Nembhard made hook shot 0-4
18:51   Devontae Shuler missed layup, blocked by Omar Payne  
18:49   Defensive rebound by Kerry Blackshear Jr.  
18:39   Keyontae Johnson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:37   Offensive rebound by Kerry Blackshear Jr.  
18:35   Kerry Blackshear Jr. missed layup  
18:32   Offensive rebound by Kerry Blackshear Jr.  
18:32 +2 Kerry Blackshear Jr. made layup 0-6
18:19   Bad pass turnover on Franco Miller Jr., stolen by Keyontae Johnson  
18:07 +2 Keyontae Johnson made dunk, assist by Andrew Nembhard 0-8
17:46   Traveling violation turnover on Austin Crowley  
17:38   Lost ball turnover on Andrew Nembhard, stolen by Devontae Shuler  
17:35   Shooting foul on Andrew Nembhard  
17:35 +1 Austin Crowley made 1st of 2 free throws 1-8
17:35 +1 Austin Crowley made 2nd of 2 free throws 2-8
17:16   Kerry Blackshear Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:14   Offensive rebound by Keyontae Johnson  
17:11 +2 Keyontae Johnson made layup 2-10
16:52 +2 Blake Hinson made jump shot 4-10
16:31 +2 Omar Payne made dunk, assist by Andrew Nembhard 4-12
16:14   Bad pass turnover on Devontae Shuler, stolen by Omar Payne  
15:50 +2 Andrew Nembhard made jump shot 4-14
15:24 +2 KJ Buffen made jump shot 6-14
14:53   Tre Mann missed jump shot, blocked by KJ Buffen  
14:52   Offensive rebound by Florida  
14:51   Shot clock violation turnover on Florida  
14:43   Personal foul on Scottie Lewis  
14:33   Offensive foul on KJ Buffen  
14:33   Turnover on KJ Buffen  
14:23 +2 Keyontae Johnson made layup, assist by Andrew Nembhard 6-16
14:23   Shooting foul on Devontae Shuler  
14:23 +1 Keyontae Johnson made free throw 6-17
13:58 +3 Blake Hinson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Austin Crowley 9-17
13:36   Tre Mann missed layup  
13:34   Defensive rebound by Austin Crowley  
13:10   Devontae Shuler missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:08   Offensive rebound by Carlos Curry  
13:02 +3 Blake Hinson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Carlos Curry 12-17
12:47   Bad pass turnover on Scottie Lewis, stolen by Carlos Curry  
12:40   Blake Hinson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:38   Offensive rebound by KJ Buffen  
12:35 +2 Carlos Curry made layup 14-17
12:16   Kerry Blackshear Jr. missed layup  
12:14   Defensive rebound by Blake Hinson  
12:02 +2 Blake Hinson made jump shot 16-17
11:42 +2 Kerry Blackshear Jr. made layup 16-19
11:09 +2 Devontae Shuler made layup 18-19
10:46   Andrew Nembhard missed jump shot  
10:44   Offensive rebound by Florida  
10:26   Ques Glover missed layup  
10:24   Defensive rebound by Devontae Shuler  
9:50   Shot clock violation turnover on Ole Miss  
9:38   Personal foul on Bryce Williams  
9:36   Noah Locke missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:34   Defensive rebound by Blake Hinson  
9:19 +2 Blake Hinson made jump shot 20-19
9:04   Personal foul on Carlos Curry  
8:55   Bad pass turnover on Ques Glover, stolen by Blake Hinson  
8:52   Austin Crowley missed layup, blocked by Ques Glover  
8:51   Offensive rebound by Ole Miss  
8:46 +2 KJ Buffen made layup 22-19
8:31   Noah Locke missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:29   Defensive rebound by Blake Hinson  
8:27   Traveling violation turnover on Blake Hinson  
8:22 +2 Omar Payne made dunk, assist by Andrew Nembhard 22-21
7:56   Personal foul on Scottie Lewis  
7:41   Sammy Hunter missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:39   Defensive rebound by Andrew Nembhard  
7:27 +2 Kerry Blackshear Jr. made layup, assist by Omar Payne 22-23
7:07 +2 Bryce Williams made jump shot 24-23
6:50   Shooting foul on Sammy Hunter  
6:50   Noah Locke missed 1st of 2 free throws  
6:29   Bad pass turnover on Devontae Shuler, stolen by Andrew Nembhard  
6:50 +1 Noah Locke made 2nd of 2 free throws 24-24
6:29   Bad pass turnover on Devontae Shuler, stolen by Andrew Nembhard  
6:24 +3 Noah Locke made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Andrew Nembhard 24-27
5:49   Blake Hinson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:47   Offensive rebound by KJ Buffen  
5:43 +2 KJ Buffen made layup 26-27
5:27   Personal foul on KJ Buffen  
5:24 +2 Keyontae Johnson made jump shot 26-29
4:57   Blake Hinson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:55   Defensive rebound by Keyontae Johnson  
4:45 +2 Keyontae Johnson made layup 26-31
4:14   Shooting foul on Keyontae Johnson  
4:14 +1 Blake Hinson made 1st of 2 free throws 27-31
4:14   Blake Hinson missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
4:14   Defensive rebound by Noah Locke  
4:01 +2 Andrew Nembhard made layup 27-33
3:40   Bad pass turnover on Carlos Curry  
3:32   Personal foul on Devontae Shuler  
3:32   Tre Mann missed free throw  
3:32   Defensive rebound by Devontae Shuler  
3:05   Bad pass turnover on KJ Buffen, stolen by Tre Mann  
2:58   Bad pass turnover on Tre Mann, stolen by Devontae Shuler  
2:39   Devontae Shuler missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:37   Defensive rebound by Omar Payne  
2:29 +3 Ques Glover made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tre Mann 27-36
1:58   Lost ball turnover on Blake Hinson, stolen by Andrew Nembhard  
1:41 +2 Andrew Nembhard made layup, assist by Keyontae Johnson 27-38
1:27   Personal foul on Ques Glover  
1:09   Austin Crowley missed layup  
1:07   Offensive rebound by KJ Buffen  
1:02   KJ Buffen missed layup  
1:00   Defensive rebound by Kerry Blackshear Jr.  
54.0 +2 Kerry Blackshear Jr. made layup, assist by Keyontae Johnson 27-40
35.0   Shooting foul on Kerry Blackshear Jr.  
35.0   Sammy Hunter missed 1st of 2 free throws  
35.0 +1 Sammy Hunter made 2nd of 2 free throws 28-40
6.0   Kerry Blackshear Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4.0   Defensive rebound by Blake Hinson  
0.0   End of period  

2nd Half

Time Team Play Score
19:47   Carlos Curry missed jump shot  
19:44   Defensive rebound by Florida  
19:23 +3 Noah Locke made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Keyontae Johnson 28-43
18:56   KJ Buffen missed jump shot  
18:54   Defensive rebound by Noah Locke  
18:41   Kerry Blackshear Jr. missed jump shot  
18:39   Defensive rebound by Carlos Curry  
18:15   Devontae Shuler missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:13   Offensive rebound by Blake Hinson  
18:01   Blake Hinson missed jump shot  
17:59   Defensive rebound by Kerry Blackshear Jr.  
17:51   Shooting foul on Carlos Curry  
17:51 +1 Keyontae Johnson made 1st of 2 free throws 28-44
17:51 +1 Keyontae Johnson made 2nd of 2 free throws 28-45
17:39   Personal foul on Andrew Nembhard  
17:26   Austin Crowley missed layup  
17:24   Defensive rebound by Kerry Blackshear Jr.  
17:19   Out of bounds turnover on Keyontae Johnson  
16:58   Lost ball turnover on Devontae Shuler, stolen by Omar Payne  
16:43   Noah Locke missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:41   Offensive rebound by Keyontae Johnson  
16:20 +2 Noah Locke made jump shot 28-47
16:00   Shooting foul on Kerry Blackshear Jr.  
16:00 +1 KJ Buffen made 1st of 2 free throws 29-47
16:00 +1 KJ Buffen made 2nd of 2 free throws 30-47
15:32   Personal foul on KJ Buffen  
15:30   Scottie Lewis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:28   Defensive rebound by Franco Miller Jr.  
15:21   Austin Crowley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:19   Defensive rebound by Andrew Nembhard  
15:13   Bad pass turnover on Andrew Nembhard, stolen by Austin Crowley  
15:11   Austin Crowley missed layup, blocked by Scottie Lewis  
15:10   Offensive rebound by Ole Miss  
15:01   Offensive foul on Bryce Williams  
15:01   Turnover on Bryce Williams  
14:47   Ques Glover missed jump shot  
14:45   Defensive rebound by KJ Buffen  
14:34 +2 Sammy Hunter made hook shot 32-47
14:09   Scottie Lewis missed layup  
14:07   Offensive rebound by Omar Payne  
14:05   Lost ball turnover on Omar Payne, stolen by Blake Hinson  
14:03   Unsportsmanlike technical foul on KJ Buffen  
14:03   Flagrant foul on Omar Payne  
14:03 +1 Scottie Lewis made 1st of 2 free throws 32-48
14:03 +1 Scottie Lewis made 2nd of 2 free throws 32-49
14:03 +1 KJ Buffen made 1st of 2 free throws 33-49
14:03 +1 KJ Buffen made 2nd of 2 free throws 34-49
13:58   Blake Hinson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:56   Defensive rebound by Keyontae Johnson  
13:46   Personal foul on Sammy Hunter  
13:37   Shooting foul on Bryce Williams  
13:37 +1 Ques Glover made 1st of 2 free throws 34-50
13:37   Ques Glover missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
13:37   Defensive rebound by Blake Hinson  
13:24   Personal foul on Ques Glover  
13:16 +2 Devontae Shuler made jump shot 36-50
12:48   Shooting foul on Bryce Williams  
12:48   Kerry Blackshear Jr. missed 1st of 2 free throws  
12:48 +1 Kerry Blackshear Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 36-51
12:35   Personal foul on Andrew Nembhard  
12:16   Bad pass turnover on Blake Hinson, stolen by Keyontae Johnson  
12:04   Tre Mann missed layup  
12:02   Offensive rebound by Kerry Blackshear Jr.  
12:00   Kerry Blackshear Jr. missed layup, blocked by Carlos Curry  
12:00   Offensive rebound by Kerry Blackshear Jr.  
12:00   Ques Glover missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:58   Defensive rebound by Blake Hinson  
11:56   Lost ball turnover on Blake Hinson, stolen by Keyontae Johnson  
11:46 +2 Keyontae Johnson made layup 36-53
11:21   Franco Miller Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:19   Defensive rebound by Scottie Lewis  
10:47   Tre Mann missed jump shot  
10:45   Defensive rebound by Blake Hinson  
10:28   Sammy Hunter missed jump shot  
10:26   Defensive rebound by Keyontae Johnson  
10:00   Kerry Blackshear Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:58   Defensive rebound by Blake Hinson  
9:52   Devontae Shuler missed jump shot  
9:50   Defensive rebound by Tre Mann  
9:24 +2 Kerry Blackshear Jr. made layup, assist by Ques Glover 36-55
9:03   Blake Hinson missed hook shot, blocked by Kerry Blackshear Jr.  
9:01   Defensive rebound by Scottie Lewis  
8:39 +2 Ques Glover made jump shot 36-57
8:16   Sammy Hunter missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Scottie Lewis  
8:15   Offensive rebound by Ole Miss  
8:05   Shot clock violation turnover on Ole Miss  
7:43 +2 Omar Payne made layup, assist by Andrew Nembhard 36-59
7:25   Shooting foul on Omar Payne  
7:25 +1 KJ Buffen made 1st of 2 free throws 37-59
7:25   KJ Buffen missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
7:25   Defensive rebound by Florida  
7:09   Offensive foul on Ques Glover  
7:09   Turnover on Ques Glover  
6:53 +2 Carlos Curry made layup, assist by Bryce Williams 39-59
6:34   Shooting foul on Carlos Curry  
6:34   Dontay Bassett missed 1st of 2 free throws  
6:34 +1 Dontay Bassett made 2nd of 2 free throws 39-60
6:24   Blake Hinson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:22   Defensive rebound by Keyontae Johnson  
6:20   Jumpball received by Florida  
5:58   Personal foul on Bryce Williams  
5:58   Andrew Nembhard missed free throw  
5:58   Defensive rebound by Franco Miller Jr.  
5:37   Shooting foul on Dontay Bassett  
5:37 +1 KJ Buffen made 1st of 2 free throws 40-60
5:37 +1 KJ Buffen made 2nd of 2 free throws 41-60
5:17   Andrew Nembhard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:15