GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Back on the court for a full 40 minutes, 10th-ranked Florida got off to a fast start.
Kenny Boynton scored 22 points and the Gators cruised past Alabama State 84-35 on Sunday in their delayed opener.
Florida was supposed to begin the season Friday against Georgetown aboard the USS Bataan, but the game was canceled at halftime because there was moisture on the court.
The Gators led Alabama State 47-9 at halftime, the fewest points Florida has allowed in the first half since the implementation of the shot clock.
"We definitely wanted to come out with a bang," said Boynton, who played only 22 minutes. "This was a good game to get everyone in and get a feel for the game."
Four of Florida's starters scored at least 12 points. Nine players logged at least 18 minutes.
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