Losses are bad; wins are good. Seems simple enough. The Florida Gators–coming off a (learning?) loss–got back in the win column with an 82-43 victory over the Southeastern Louisiana Lions.
Florida was led by senior guard Mike Rosario who paced the Gators in almost every offensive category. Rosario had 20 points on 8-for-13 shooting and went 4-for-8 from behind the arc. For good measure, he also tied for the team lead with six rebounds. Rosario did all of this while also leading Florida with 31 minutes on the court. The senior has experienced his ups and downs since becoming a Gator, but head coach Billy Donovan thinks Rosario has finally figured it all out.
“I think he has really conformed, he’s worked and I think it’s shown in his play. He’s much, much more disciplined, much more responsible, much more accountable. I feel like I know what I’m getting from him from day to day. That’s the most difficult thing to deal with as a coach, when you have a talented player and you don’t know who’s showing up and who you’re going to get from day to day. He’s kind of put it together, become more responsible, reliable and accountable, and because of it, I think he’s playing well.” – Billy Donovan, Florida Gators Head Coach
Freshman guard Michael Frazier II and junior center Patric Young joined Rosario as double-digit scorers. Senior guard Kenny Boynton was perhaps the only Gator that truly struggled. Boynton finished with seven points on 1-for-7 shooting. All seven of the senior’s shots were three-point attempts. Boynton has been off his game lately, following a 2-for-10 outing in the loss to the Arizona Wildcats.
Next up, the Gators travel to Kansas State on Saturday.