Gators wallop Bethune-Cookman to remain unbeaten
Gainesville, FL (Sports Network) - Al Horford went 8-for-8 from the field for 17 points to lead the 10th-ranked Florida Gators past Bethune-Cookman, 88-58, at the O'Connell Center.
Horford also had seven rebounds, two blocks and two steals for Florida (9-0), which is just one win away from matching the 1951-52 Gators squad for the best start in school history.
Lee Humphrey had 13 points and four assists, while Joakim Noah posted 12 points in the win. Walter Hodge connected on three of his four three-point attempts en route to an 11-point night.
Antonio Webb had a game-high 19 points for the Wildcats (3-5), who have yet to register a road win this year. Michael Williams chipped in 18 points to go with six boards and five steals, while Cleveland Williams added eight points.
Florida jumped out to a 13-2 lead to open the game, capped by Chris Richard's dunk just four minutes in.
The Gators later mounted a 16-4 charge to double up the Wildcats, 44-22.
Hodge ignited the spurt with a three-pointer, and Humphrey followed with a shot from behind the arc to make it 34-18. Adrian Moss finished the run with a jump shot with 3:22 remaining in the first half.
Florida took a 48-26 lead into the locker room after Noah converted his layup attempt with less than a minute to play.
The rout continued in the second half. Noah made a layup with 14:19 remaining in the game that stretched Florida's lead all the way to 30 points.
Bethune-Cookman was unable to make a serious dent in that lead the rest of the way.
Florida is riding a 12-game winning streak at the O'Connell Center, which is the longest streak since winning 19 in a row over the final four games of the 2001-02 season and the first 15 home dates of the 2002-03 season...All of the Wildcats' road losses have been by double digits...Florida leads the all-time series, 6-0.
12/09 23:04:20 ET