The Florida Gators basketball team continued its winning ways with a 70-63 victory over Ole Miss on Tuesday night. The win gives the Gators an 11-3 (2-0 SEC) record.
Canyon Barry matched a season high with 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting including a 3-6 mark from beyond the arc. Barry scored 20 of the Gators’ 28 bench points on Tuesday night. Barry came into the game third on the team in scoring (10.9). KeVaughn Allen added in 14, Devin Robinson scored 11 and Kasey Hill contributed eight points, five rebounds and five assists.
Florida opened the game on an 8-0 run before the Rebels charged back to take a 10-8 lead at the 11:04 mark of the first half. The first half was dominated by point guard play. Allen and poured in nine points and Hill added eight on 4-of-7 shooting in the first 20 minutes. Florida went into the locker room at halftime with a 14-point advantage.
The Gators pushed their lead to as large as 19 points in the second half of the game but Ole Miss refused to go away. Ole Miss worked the double-digit lead down to just six points twice as the clock went under a minute to play. Allen made two free throws with 36 seconds left to bring the lead back to eight and the Gators eventually held on to the win.
The Rebels out-rebounded the Gators 34-28 but couldn’t overcome their 21 turnovers, which handed Florida an easy 18 points.
Next Up: Florida hosts Tennessee (8-6, 1-1 SEC) on Saturday at 5:15 inside Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. The Volunteers won on the road last weekend at Texas A&M but dropped a home contest to Arkansas on Tuesday night, 84-78.