Florida Gators basketball cruises past UALR

The Florida Gators defeated the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Trojans on Wednesday night 94-71 in the first game played at Exactech Arena. The focus was on the beautiful new facility in Gainesville but Mike White’s team stole the show with the impressive shooting performance.

In a much needed offensive surge, the Gators shot an astounding 69 percent in the first half. KeVaughn Allen led the Gators in scoring at halftime with 16 at half going 6-8 from the field and 4-6 from the three-point line. Devin Robinson followed Allen with 13 of his own and 3-3 from beyond the arch. To go with the stellar shooting, the Gators were able to convert 13 points off turnover into a big 56-27 halftime lead.

The second half scoring cooled off a bit for the Gators, but that didn’t take away from the fact that Kasey Hill recorded his first career double-double with 11 points and 11 assists, which is the first for a Gator guard since Scottie Wilbekin did it in his senior season.

Devin Robinson was the Gators leading scorer with a career-high 21 points in a night in which it seemed that everyone was getting in on the action with 10 players getting into the scoring column. The Gators had five players in double digits on Wednesday night, the highest of the 2016 season. It was a much needed win for the Gators who seemed to shoot with some confidence in the new Exactech Arena. The Gators will hope to keep their good offense going as the team travels to Fayetteville next week for a tough first conference game of the year against the Arkansas Razorbacks.