Murphy leads No. 14 Gators past Air Force
Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Erik Murphy had 21 points, eight rebounds and four assists in No. 14 Florida's 78-61 win over Air Force in the Orange Bowl Classic.
Kenny Boynton netted 14 points and Patric Young added 13 for the Gators (9-2), who had lost two of their last three games -- to Kansas State and then-No. 8 Arizona -- coming in.
Michael Lyons tallied 11 points and seven boards for Air Force (8-3), which is 3-3 over its last six contests since beginning the campaign with five straight victories.
Florida led by just two at halftime, but began the second 20 minutes on a 14-6 run to take control of the contest. Boynton hit a pair of 3-pointers during the surge and the Gators held a 47-37 advantage with 13:19 left.
The Falcons never cut the deficit below seven, while the margin reached as high as 19 for Florida in the waning minutes.
Florida held Air Force to just 18.5 percent (5-of-27) shooting from the floor in the second half.
Kyle Green sunk two free throws with 11 seconds in the opening half, which cut the Air Force margin to 33-31 heading into the break.
The Gators shot 53.8 percent (28-of-52) from the field and 36.8 percent (7- of-19) from beyond the arc ... Florida outscored Air Force, 45-30, in the second half.
12/29 19:05:24 ET