There are big wins. There are convincing wins. And then there are downright beat downs behind the woodshed. The top-seeded Florida Gators showed little mercy on Friday defeating the LSU Tigers 80-58 in the orange and blue’s opening 2013 SEC Tournament game. The Gators advanced to the conference tourney semifinalists with the victory.
The win was the 25th win of the season for Florida. It is the third-straight season with 25 or more victories for the Gators and the eighth overall for head coach Billy Donovan. Donovan has been adding to his victory total for many years at Florida and we hope he continues to do so for many more to come.
Senior forward Erik Murphy was the Gators star in the win. Murphy had a career-high 27 points and completed his third double-double by adding 12 rebounds. The senior started hot and never cooled down. Murphy shot 11-for-15 from the field and made five of his seven three-point attempts. Over the course of his senior season–and it was no different on Friday–Murphy has been a matchup problem for opposing teams and few have found ways to slow him.
Junior guard Scottie Wilbekin added 16 points–one off matching a season-high–and junior center Patric Young and freshman guard Michael Frazier II joined him with double-digit scoring efforts. Perhaps the only down note of the game was the play of senior guard Kenny Boynton. Boynton continued his shooting slump, managing only a 1-for-7 day.
The Gators are up again at 1:00 PM on Saturday. Florida will face either the Alabama Crimson Tide or the Tennessee Volunteers. The Gators played both recently, losing 64-58 to the Vols in Knoxville, TN and beating the Tide 64-52 at home.