Men's Basketball Falls to Florida, 106-71

Freshman Skylar Mays had 13 points and 7 assists against Florida
Freshman Skylar Mays had 13 points and 7 assists against Florida
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Kent Lowe (@LSUkent)
Kent Lowe (@LSUkent)
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BATON ROUGE – The Florida Gators posted a building record-tying 19 three-pointers in scoring a 106-71 win over LSU Wednesday night in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The Gators tied the mark set in December 2015 by North Florida of 19 treys.

The Tigers fall to 9-10 overall and 1-7 in the SEC, while Florida, after two consecutive losses, is back in the winning column at 15-5 and 6-2. The Gators are ranked 25th in the Associated Press poll.

LSU was led by the 15 of Duop Reath, while Skylar Mays had 13 points and seven assists. Wayde Sims had 12 points off the bench. Antonio Blakeney was held to just four points, ending an eight game streak of double figure scoring games. Jalyn Patterson had five assists to go with his seven points.

Six Florida players were in double figures with Devin Robinson hitting five threes in scoring 24 points. Eric Hester was a perfect 5-5 from the arc in posting 16 points with Justin Leon adding 15, Kevarrius Hays 12 and John Egbunu and KeVaughn Allen 11 each. Chris Chiozza had 10 assists to go with his nine points.

Florida shot 36-of-64 overall from the field or 56.3 percent, making 19-of-33 from the arc (57.6%). The Gators were 11-of-15 from the arc (73.3%). Florida posted 58 first half points in taking a 58-33 advantage at halftime.

LSU shot 43.8 percent for the game (28-of-64) but just 2-of-17 (11.8%) from the arc.

The Tigers were out rebounded, 39-31.

The game started with Patterson giving LSU a 2-0 lead with 51 seconds gone in the first half. Leon hit the first of the 19 treys for Florida to give the Gators a 3-2 lead. Reath hit two free throws to put the Tigers up 4-3. Kasey Hill hit a jumper to put the lead back to Florida and the early tone that would last about four minutes was set.

The game was tied at six and eight before Allen his a trey at the 15:49 mark that gave Florida the lead for good. It would reach double figures four minutes later and the Gators would begin the run of three-pointers that quickly separated the game.

The Tigers and nine-other SEC Teams will take part Saturday in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. LSU will travel to Lubbock to take on Texas Tech in a 1 p.m. game broadcast on the LSU Sports Radio Network and televised on ESPNU.

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HEAD COACH JOHNNY JONES

Opening statement …
“I would like to certainly give credit to Florida, a good basketball team and a team coming off of two setbacks in a row, one at home against Vanderbilt a few days ago, with the way that they bounced back and played tonight. I am extremely disappointed in our performance tonight across the board from coaching to the players. You name it. We certainly owe our fans an apology who came out to watch us tonight or who had an opportunity to witness through TV or radio or however they had an opportunity. We did not represent those letters or those colors in a fashion that we should be proud to represent those colors night in and night out. I have been coaching for some 30 years, and we have to figure this team out to put ourselves in the position to be able to be competitive and compete at a different level. We were not competitive tonight against a top-25 team here at home.”
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FRESHMAN GUARD SKYLAR MAYS

On the post-game message…
“At this point all we can do is be positive. We’re in a pretty low place right now. So we’re looking at it as the only way we can go is up.”

On staying positive…
“I love these guys. I love our team and I believe in our team. We have a great culture here and a great fan base in Baton Rouge, you can’t beat it. That's why it hurts more, especially being from here. He (Wayde Sims) could probably say the same thing, being from here and knowing how much LSU means to Baton Rouge and Louisiana as a whole. We love the game and that's what keeps us going.”

On Wayde Sims’ performance…
“Wayde was great for us today. He was definitely a bright spot. I know his game pretty well and I know what he’s capable of. I expected nothing less out of him and he’s only going to get better.”

FRESHMAN FORWARD WAYDE SIMS

On how he keeps himself fighting until the final whistle…
“I just try to play a full 40 minutes and go hard the whole time while there is still time on the clock. Never give up.”

On his performance…
“I feel like I got into open spots where I was able to score. I feel like I need to focus on my defense, sometimes I got beat. It’s not just me but all of us, we need to play better defense. I think they had 19 three’s, we can’t have that.”
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Florida Head Coach Quotes

Head Coach Mike White

On what he thought was the biggest key offensive key tonight…
“I thought the ball movement was as good as its been this year for us. If you look at our point guards’ numbers, assist-turnover ratio, those guys were really good. Then you compliment that with Chris Chiozza’s shot-making ability. He played as well as he’s played. He was really good. He was good defensively, always is. I thought that we got good movement in terms of penetrate and pitch three’s with our guards attacking the paint. I thought our bigs did as good of a job as they have done with making just solid decisions. We got more high-low passes, and more duck-in passes. John (Egbunu) and Kevarrius (Hayes) played the right way. They took what the defense gave them. Sometimes they would make a post-move. Sometimes we’d get inside-out touches that way. Overall, the ball didn’t stop. We didn’t get stagnant. Hopefully we can see that more often. Our guys were really good tonight offensively.”

On what was going through his mind with all of the three-pointers going in for his team…
“Sprint back and get a stop against a team that’s really good in transition. It’s crazy, it was just a week ago we were 0-for-17 from the three. I wish you could trade a couple. We just needed one the other night or a couple. We were two games removed from a game where we struggled to see it go down. After that game, I’m not sure our guys spent 10 hours in the gym, but there was a challenge after that game. We haven’t done anything different in practice. More than anything, and this is coming from my guys in our post-game: ‘I think that when you’re shooting it and you’re clear-minded, you feel like you’re playing the right way, and you’re taking a good one, I just think you shoot a higher percentage.’ We got off to a really good start defensively by getting stops. That’s something we struggled to do the other night against Vanderbilt. Our guys took good ones. Early second-half, I thought our guys settled a little bit. A couple shots that were out of rhythm and not that open. I thought our shot selection was good to compliment our movement.”

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