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Updated: Tuesday, December 2, 2003 10:56 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(2) Florida 102, Florida A&M 78

GAINESVILLE, Florida (Ticker) -- Florida began a stretch of intrastate games in convincing fashion.

Anthony Roberson scored 20 points to lead six players in double figures as the second-ranked Gators rolled to a 102-78 rout of Florida A&M.

After defeating ranked foe Arizona, Florida has three games scheduled this week, with all three against teams from the Sunshine State. It should be three easy wins for the Gators leading into their meeting with 25th-ranked Maryland on December 10.

"I think one of the more difficult things when you have a young team is that you have to deal with success," Florida coach Billy Donovan said. "Knocking off Arizona was a game that we were very fortunate to win. You always have to worry about coming back and winning your next game."

Florida (3-0) pulled away early in this one as David Lee scored seven points during a 21-3 burst midway through the first half. Bonell Colas had six points of his 11 points during the stretch and Matt Walsh capped it with a jumper for a 29-11 cushion with 7:30 remaining.

Adrian Moss scored 16 points, Walsh finished with 15 and Lee had 12 for the Gators, who have won 39 straight home games against non-conference opponents.

Freshman Mohamed Abukar scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting off the bench as Florida shot 50 percent (37-of-74) from the floor and 21-of-29 from the free-throw line.

Moss grabbed 11 rebounds and Colas had six of his seven on the offensive end to help the Gators to an overwhelming 59-24 rebounding advantage.

"They are just so physical, so overpowering, it was difficult for us to get a rebound," Florida A&M coach Mike Gillespie said. "We did the best we could."

Terrence Woods scored 31 points and Demarcus Wilkins added 24 for Florida A&M (0-4), which was held to just 31 percent (22-of-70) shooting and was 15-of-38 from 3-point range.

Woods and Wilkins combined to make 17-of-39 shots, including 13-of-27 3-pointers. But the rest of the team was just 5-of-31 overall - 2-of-11 from the arc.

"Tonight was about as poor a performance I've seen defending two guys," Donovan said. "We were disappointed in our effort. We had a tremendous learning experience because we did not defense very well."

The Gators remained unbeaten in five all-time meetings with the Rattlers and improved to 12-0 against Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schools.


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