HOOPS: Gators Win First Game Of Canada Trip

ST. CATHARINES, Ontario — Lee Humphrey led five players in double figures with 14, as the University of Florida men’s basketball team took its exhibition opener over Brock University, 107-51, Saturday night at Bob Davis Gym.

Humphrey connected on 4-7 from three-point range, scoring his 14 points in just 16 minutes. Freshmen Dan Werner and Marreese Speights scored 13 and 12 points respectively, while Al Horford and Corey Brewer added 12 points apiece.

The Gators jumped out to a quick 10-1 with Horford and Brewer scoring eight of the first 10 points. With the Gators leading 25-10 they broke the game open with three consecutive three-pointers from Werner, Humphrey and Walter Hodge to grab a 24-point lead.

Florida led 54-26 at the half.

The Gators’ starting five solidified the game with a quick 18-3 run to open the second half. Each of the starting five of Humphrey, Brewer, Horford, Taurean Green and Joakim Noah contributed during the run. Humphrey connected on back-to-back three-pointers to give UF a 70-27 lead.

UF’s reserves played most of the final 15 minutes of play, putting the Gators over the century mark in the final minutes.

Florida hit 55.9 percent from the floor for the game and knocked down 9-of-20 (45.0) from three-point range. The Gators held Brock to 30.2 percent from the floor and 30.0 percent from three-point range on the night (9-of-30). The Gators dished out 25 assists to just nine turnovers and forced 20 turnovers on the defensive end. Brewer led the Gators with four steals.

Led by nine rebounds from Noah and six each from Chris Richard, Horford, and Speights, Florida out-rebounded Brock 43-25, including 12 offensive.

The Gators have one more game before returning to Gainesville, as they will take on a team of former players from Guelph on Sunday at 4 p.m. in St. Catharines.