PHOTOS: Gators vs. UNF Mini-Gallery

For the 23rd straight year, the Florida Gators opened their season with a win, this one, 77-69, over North Florida Friday afternoon at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. Casey Prather scored a career high 28 points to go with eight rebounds to pace the Gators while Michael Frazier added 19 and Kasey Hill had 15.

The Gators (1-0) travel to Madison Tuesday evening to play Wisconsin. Their next home game is November 16 at the Stephen C. O’Connell center against Arkansas-Little Rock.

Gator Country photographer David Bowie captured these images of the win over North Florida.

Click on a thumbnail to view a photo, from there you can click on the right or left to go to the next photo or use your arrow keys to move around. Enjoy! Florida guard DeVon Walker jumps up for the dunk on North Florida.  Florida Gators vs North Florida Ospreys.  November 8th, 2013.Florida guard DeVon Walker jumps up for the dunk on North Florida.  Florida Gators vs North Florida Ospreys.  November 8th, 2013.Florida guard Eli Carter dribbles up court shouting out the play in the first half vs North Florida.  Florida Gators vs North Florida Ospreys.  November 8th, 2013.Florida's Michael Frazier rolls in the layup in the first half vs North Florida.  Florida Gators vs North Florida Ospreys.  November 8th, 2013.Florida guard Kasey Hill jumps up over the North Florida defense for the basket.  Florida Gators vs North Florida Ospreys.  November 8th, 2013.Florida foward Casey Prather scores the layup over the outstretched arm of North Florida's Travis Wallace.  Florida Gators vs North Florida Ospreys.  November 8th, 2013.Florida guard Eli Carter dribbles up court shouting out the play in the first half vs North Florida.  Florida Gators vs North Florida Ospreys.  November 8th, 2013.Florida forward Casey Prather dribbles up court in the second half of the game vs North Florida.  Florida Gators vs North Florida Ospreys.  November 8th, 2013.Florida guard Casey Prather dunks the ball in the first half.  Florida Gators vs North Florida Ospreys.  November 8th, 2013.Florida guard Kasey Hill dribbles up court in the second half vs North Florida.  Florida Gators vs North Florida Ospreys.  November 8th, 2013.Florida guard Kasey Hill scores on the jump shot in the second half vs North Florida.  Florida Gators vs North Florida Ospreys.  November 8th, 2013.Florida guard Michael Frazier dribbles up court calling out the play in the second half vs North Florida.  Florida Gators vs North Florida Ospreys.  November 8th, 2013.Florida forward Casey Prather dunks the ball home in the second half vs North Florida.  Florida Gators vs North Florida Ospreys.  November 8th, 2013.Florida guard Michael Frazier jumps up and through the North Florida defense for the bucket in the second half.  Florida Gators vs North Florida Ospreys.  November 8th, 2013.Florida guard Kasey Hill jumps up and rolls in the layup in the second half vs North Florida.  Florida Gators vs North Florida Ospreys.  November 8th, 2013.

 

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Franz Beard
Back in January of 1969, the late, great Jack Hairston, then the sports editor of the Jacksonville Journal, called me on the phone one night and asked me if I wanted to work for him. I said yes. The entire interview took 30 seconds. It's my experience that whenever the interview lasts 30 seconds or less, I get the job. In the 48 years that I've been writing and getting paid for it, I've covered Super Bowls, World Series, NCAA basketball championships, BCS championship games, heavyweight title fights and what seems like thousands of college football, baseball and basketball games. I'm a columnist and special assignments editor for Gator Country once again, writing about the only team that ever mattered to me, the Florida Gators.