Posted December 09, 2011 on AP on Fox
Rider's Tommy Dempsey sounded like a coach who was impressed with the opponent his team had just lost to. ''They have that good mix of the warrior on the inside (Patric Young) and a guy who does all the little things for them (Will Yeguete), a point guard (Erving Walker) who can get his own shot and his teammates shot along with some big time scorers in (Kenny) Boynton and (Bradley) Beal,'' Dempsey said after the Broncs lost 90-69 to No. 12 Florida on Friday night. ''There's just not a lot of holes to their game. We fought hard, we just didn't have a lot of answers to their outside shooting.'' It didn't help Rider (1-9) that Novar Gadson, a first-team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference selection last season, was limited to 10 minutes as he continues to work his way back into game shape after having offseason microfracture knee surgery. The senior forward had three points and three rebounds. The Gators (7-2) used the strong inside presence of Young in the first half and then turned to their outside shooting in the final 20 minutes to pull away at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Boynton scored 18 of his 26 points in the second half. Young was 5 of 6 from the field in the first half when he scored all 12 of his points. He had seven of his 10 rebounds in the first half as the Gators took a 43-26 lead. Rider was in a zone defense, paying particular attention to the outside shooting threat of Florida's guards which left Young free inside the paint. ''My teammates were able to find me in the first half when they were in that zone,'' said Young, who was returning to his hometown where he led Providence H.S. to a state championship as a senior. Florida, which entered the game second in the nation by averaging 11 3-pointers, bettered that mark with 13 3s in 28 attempts. Florida's three starting guards, Boynton, freshman Beal and Walker combined to go 12 of 23 from 3-point range. The three-guard attack took control in the second half. ''I didn't think we could match up with them man for man so we leaned on the zone,'' Dempsey said. ''They spread out and you can't guard them all. Their shooters are harder to guard in man coverage because they're constantly beating you off the dribble and then you're always looking for help. ''They play together so well and they pass the ball so well, I thought our best chance to stay with them was in a zone. But in the second half, once they caught fire, they just put the game away.'' Beal and Walker both made two 3s in the opening 5 minutes of the second half. When Scottie Wilbekin hit another 3 at the 14:46 mark, the Gators held their biggest lead of the game, 65-38. Thirty seconds later, Boynton added his third 3-pointer as Florida made its first six shots from behind the arc. The Gators only made 4 of 14 attempts the rest of the game, but they led by at least 18 points the rest of the game. ''I feel bad for the other team because they have to try and decide who they're going to stop - do you watch Pat inside or concentrate on the guards from 3-point range?'' said Beal who was 3 of 8 from long range and finished with 18 points. Boynton was 5 of 9 on 3s and made all four of his shots from inside the line to finish two points shy of his career-high set against Vanderbilt last January. He had five rebounds and three assists and didn't commit a turnover in 32 minutes. ''This was a game where we let the play come to us, we took what the defense gave us,'' Boynton said. ''Plus we did a good job in protecting the ball with only the one turnover in the first half, six for the game. Reserve Jeff Jones had 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting for Rider, which kept the game from getting out of hand in the second half by making 6 of 12 3-point attempts.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES
PITY THE FOOLS

Player tricks fans into distracting own player

If you've been to a college basketball game you know the fans are intense. You also know when someone fouls out of a game the fans scream when the player finally takes a seat on the bench. Arizona Freshman Nick Johnson used this to his advantage in their game against Florida last night. He stood around in front of his bench and waited to sit down. He waited until Florida...

Homecoming for Young

After the best game of his career, Patric Young leads the No. 12 ranked Gators into his hometown of Jacksonville on Friday night to face Rider (1-8). The challenge will come in forgetting what he did against Arizona, when the sophomore posted 25 points and ten rebounds. The Gators need Young to focus on energy and defense unless Rider’s defense dictates him to score more.

Gators shoot for another W before long break

Florida finally prevailed against a tough opponent after losing to a pair of high-profile teams earlier this season, and coach Billy Donovan is hoping his team will learn from that victory. The 12th-ranked Gators will try to start using those lessons Friday night against Rider before a lengthy break heading into another potentially difficult matchup next weekend. Florida (6-2)...

Young Shows Offensive Improvement

Patric Young has shown flashes of his talent in his short career at Florida. On Wednesday night, he put it together for the best game of his career. Arizona chose to take away the three-point shots, and the sophomore center made them pay for 25 points and ten rebounds while also blocking two shots in Florida’s 78-72 win over the Wildcats.

Patric Young scores 25 points to lead Florida over Arizona

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Florida center Patric Young had a career night, but the sophomore could have had more. Young...

Florida 78, Arizona 72 (OT): Young Shines as No. 12 Florida Beats Arizona

Patric Young scored a career-high 25 points, Erving Walker made huge free throws down the stretch and No. 12 Florida rallied to beat Arizona Wednesday night.

Young, Florida Edge Arizona in OT

by David Cassilo / @dcassilo The guard-heavy Gators looked to their big man on Wednesday night as Patric Young’s career-high 25 points and 10 rebounds helped No. 12 Florida get past Arizona, 78-72, in overtime. The Wildcats had no answer for Young as he hit 12-of-15 shots from the field. It was exactly what the Gators were looking for from Young after he scored just 6 points against...

Yeguete Helps Team in Small Ways

Seven points and eight rebounds. It’s not a stat line that would make anyone point to Will Yeguete as an impact player for the Gators on Wednesday. However, without the sophomore forward, Florida might have left the O’Connell Center with a loss to Arizona. Yeguete’s gave the Gators the little things they needed to help Florida come out with a win.

Rider-Florida Preview

Florida finally prevailed against a tough opponent after losing to a pair of high-profile teams earlier this season, and coach Billy Donovan is hoping his team will learn from that victory. The 12th-ranked Gators will try to start using those lessons Friday night against Rider before a lengthy break heading into another potentially difficult matchup next weekend. Florida (6-2)...

UF BBall Fans Not that Bright

Vlogger bwo Backyard Sports: "After Arizona Freshman Nick Johnson fouls out of the game vs. Florida, he waits to sit down until Erving Walker is shooting his FT's, tricking the chanting fans to yell... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com
College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.