NCAA Game Summary - Wisconsin at Florida|
(Wednesday, November 14th)
Final Score: (10) Florida 74, (22) Wisconsin 56
Gainesville, FL (Sports Network) - Erik Murphy was unstoppable for Florida,
scoring a game-high 24 points to lead the No. 10 Gators past the 22nd-ranked
Wisconsin Badgers, 74-56, on Wednesday.
Murphy shot a perfect 10-for-10 from the field and also pulled down eight
rebounds, while Mike Rosario added 15 points for a Gators (2-0) team that shot
an incredible 61.9 percent for the game.
"We worked on how we were going to cover. I don't hang my players out, but the
things that we worked on, we did the opposite," said Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan
on his team's defense. "It was younger guys who need to learn. It was a great
experience for them because they will know why we do things the way we do
them. This shows them they missed in that area and that they need to get
Kenny Boynton notched 10 points, six rebounds and three assists in the
victory for Florida.
Wisconsin fell behind early and never recovered. Jared Berggren and Sam Dekker
scored 11 apiece for the Badgers (1-1), who were coming off a season-opening
blowout victory over Southeastern Louisiana.
Wisconsin didn't score a basket until five minutes into the game, allowing
Florida to jump out to a 9-0 lead. From there, the Badgers were forced to play
catch up the rest of the way.
"I felt that it would be important to not let them get into any kind of flow,"
said Florida coach Billy Donovan. "(We were) trying to be disruptive, trying
to change pace, trying to change looks, trying to change coverages, sometimes
switch sometimes not; just trying to keep them off balance a little bit."
Thanks to a 10-0 run, the Badgers pulled within 21-19 midway through the
opening half on jumper by Ryan Evans, but they never came any closer.
Murphy connected on all seven of his shots in the first half, helping the
Gators jump out to a 43-31 halftime lead.
The Badgers fell behind by 17 after a pair of Rosario free throws just over
five minutes into the second half, but pulled back within 12 after Traevon
Jackson buried a 3-pointer to make it 52-40.
But the Gators began to pull away after that, eventually doubling their
advantage by taking a 71-47 lead with 2:41 remaining.
Wisconsin shot just 35.6 percent for the game ... The Gators outrebounded the
Badgers 40-21 ... Both teams will be in action again on Sunday, as the Badgers
will host Cornell, while the Gators will play Middle Tennessee in Tampa.
11/14 23:31:11 ET