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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) suffered its only two losses this season in road games against top-five foes Ohio State and Syracuse. The Gators returned home from the latest of those defeats Wednesday - last Friday's 72-68 loss to the Orange - to take on an Arizona team that was ranked 16th in the preseason before falling out of the Top 25. Sophomore Patric Young had a career-high 25 points and 10 rebounds in a 78-72 overtime win over the Wildcats, but Donovan thought guards Kenny Boynton and Erving Walker should have given Young the ball even more during their poor shooting performance. Boynton, scoring a team-best 17.8 points per game...
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