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With A Full Squad, Gators Defeat Alabama 64-52

The Gators were at full strength Saturday afternoon defeating Alabama 64-52 as Wil Yeguete returned from surgery to remove pieces of floating cartilage in his right knee, Michael Frazier II was back after suffering a head injury against Arkansas last week, and Casey Prather who left Tuesday's game after taking a knee to the face which required five stitches. 

No. 8 Florida, who went 4-3 in the previous seven games entering the Alabama contest, also needed some help from Kenny Boynton, who has been in a bit of a slump as of late, scoring only two points against the Volunteers. 

Boynton answered the critics by becoming the Gators' second all-time leading scorer, surpassing Andrew Moten, scoring 13 in the contest. The senior guard trails the all-time school leader Ronnie Williams by over 100 points with two regular season games, the SEC Tournament and the NCAA Tourney remaining in his final year.

Erik Murphy lead Florida with 15 points and Prather added 10 points and nine rebounds (most of which came in the second half), and Scottie Wilbekin chipped in with 11. 

Fueled by Prather, who had a bandage on his laceration, the Gators went on a 15-0 run late in the second half to pull away from the Tide and remain unbeaten at home.

Florida outscored Alabama 23-5 over the final 10 minutes and was 22 of 26 from the charity stripe, but the Gators' three-point woes continue - making only 2 of 13 from behind the arc.

Next up, the Gators will host Vanderbilt on Wednesday at 8:00pm. Catch the action on 620 WDAE.

 

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