Gators Chomp A&MSports Thursday, January 17th, 2013
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Mike Rosario scored 19 points and Patric Young added 18 as No. 10 Florida cruised to a 68-47 victory over Texas A&M on Thursday night.
The Aggies (12-4, 2-1 SEC) led by one point midway through the first half before a big run by the Gators gave them a 35-18 halftime lead, and they didn’t let up in the second half.
It is the fifth straight win for Florida (13-2, 3-0) which is in the midst of playing four of five games on the road.
Jordan Greene had 12 points for the Aggies, while J’Mychal Reese added 10.
Texas A&M scored five straight points, capped by a layup by Kourtney Roberson, to take a 14-13 lead about 9:30 before halftime.
The Gators answered with a 22-4 run over the rest of the first half to take a 35-18 lead.Erik Murphy scored seven points in that span, including a 3-pointer, and Young had six points capped by a dunk to help the run.
Murphy finished with 16 points and seven rebounds.
The Aggies had four turnovers and missed seven shots, including two layups in that span.
Florida entered the game ranked third in the nation in scoring defense. allowing just 52 points a game. Things were no different on Thursday as they limited A&M to a season-low in points on 34 percent shooting.
Florida was playing without Casey Prather, who is out 10 to 14 days with a high-ankle sprain. But they were helped by the return of Rosario, who missed a win over LSU on Saturday with a sprained left ankle.
The Gators scored the first four points of the second half to extend their lead to 21 points and the Aggies never got closer than 18 points the rest of the way.
A 3-pointer by Alex Caruso get A&M within 46-28 with about 12 minutes remaining. Florida used an 8-0 run after that to extend the lead to 54-28.
Texas A&M had a crowd of more than 11,000, which included Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. It was loud early in the game, but Florida’s run in the first half quickly quieted the group.
Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics
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