Florida beats FSU 71-55 to end a 7-game slip in the series

Florida beats FSU 71-55 to end a 7-game slip in the series

Gainesville, Florida. Colin Castleton had 15 points, 16 rebounds and six blocks – and was one of four Florida players to hit the double digits – as the 20th-ranked Gators defeated Florida State 71-55 on Sunday to finish seven games. Loss streak in the series.

Florida (2-0) won their first game against their biggest in-state opponent since 2013 and took a huge step forward in coach Mike White’s seventh season.

White revamped his roster with four additional transfers, and three of them had a solid lead against the Seminoles (1-1). Brandon Makisic and Merion Jones scored 12 points each and Flanders Fleming added nine points from the bench.

Anthony Dorogi scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Gators.

“It’s been a long time,” Dorogy told the crowd after the win.

Florida dominated the second half after trailing by one difference in the second half. The Gators pressed every pass, forced fouls and took control of the boards. Castleton led the way with eight points, nine rebounds and four blocks in the second half.

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Malik Osborne led the Seminoles with 18 points and six rebounds. Matthew Cleveland added 11 points and six boards.

The latest meeting was marred by the collapse of Florida forward Kontay Johnson in court in Tallahassee. Johnson became sick with shockwaves in front of his teammates, coaches, opponents and everyone else who attended last December.

Johnson has not played since, and there has been no announcement as to why he fell head-to-head in court after an early timeout. He’s still part of the Florida squad as he decides whether to try playing professionally or cash in on a $5 million insurance policy.

White and Johnson exchanged a long hug after the last bell sounded.

The repercussions of the opinion poll

Florida may drop out of the AP College Basketball Poll, which comes out Monday.

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The Big Picture

Florida State: Longtime coach Leonard Hamilton lost his top three from last year’s team and still appears to have a group capable of contending for the Atlantic Coast Conference title and making another deep run in the NCAA Championship.

Florida: White has five transfers — two newcomers and three left — in his starting lineup, and after matches are over and weeks away, he should be a more formidable unit by the time the Southeastern Conference schedule begins in late December.

the following

Florida State: Host Tulane on Wednesday night.

Florida: Hosts Milwaukee Thursday night.

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