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Walker, Florida roll over Jacksonville

Jacksonville, FL (Sports Network) - Erving Walker had 18 points to help 13th- ranked Florida take out Jacksonville, 85-67, at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Vernon Macklin had 16 points, Kenny Boynton added 15 points and six assists and Dan Werner had 13 points for the Gators (8-0), who have won their past three games by double-digits.

Ayron Hardy had 16 points and six rebounds, Travis Cohn donated 15 points and Ben Smith had 11 for the Dolphins (0-5), who have dropped their past nine games against Florida.

Trailing by nine points to start the second half, Jacksonville cut its deficit to four points, 58-54, a bit over seven minutes in on Smith's layup.

However, after an exchange of baskets, the Gators went on an 11-4 run and held a 71-60 lead after a pair of free throws from Macklin with just over eight minutes remaining.

Chandler Parson's three-ball for Florida on the following possession later made it a 74-62 game.

Cohn got the Dolphins back within eight, as his three-pointer cut the deficit to 75-67 with 5 1/2 minutes left, but Florida's defense took over and finished the game on a 10-0 run to take the victory.

The Dolphins jumped out to an early lead, as Hardy's three-ball a bit over two minutes in gave the team a 10-5 lead, but the Gators responded with 11 straight points, capped on Werner's three-point play.

The game remained close over the next several minutes, and Jacksonville briefly regained the lead near the midway mark, but Florida surged ahead with a 7-0 run near the end of the period. Boynton was responsible for all seven points, and the Gators went into halftime holding a 41-32 lead.

Game Notes

The Gators play Syracuse next Thursday in Tampa...Jacksonville visits Bethune- Cookman on December 16...The Gators lead the all-time series, 28-4, and are 7-0 as the guest...Florida shot a blistering 56.9 percent from the floor, while Jacksonville made 44.4 percent of its shots.

12/04 21:38:50 ET


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