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Updated: Saturday, January 3, 2004 5:08 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(12) Florida 87, (25) Florida St 73

GAINESVILLE, Florida (Ticker) -- Florida State may be gaining ground, but Florida still owns state supremacy.

Anthony Roberson scored a career-high 28 points and David Lee chipped in 18 as the 12th-ranked Gators posted an 87-73 victory over the 25th-ranked Seminoles.

Florida (9-2) won its sixth straight against Florida State, which boasted the best start in school history and an impressive collection of youngsters. The Gators - and Roberson in particular - were not impressed.

"Lately in practice we put the ball more in my hands a little bit to come off the pick and rolls and make decisions," Roberson said. "The biggest thing is to have the ball more in my hands a little bit more in recent games than we have."

Roberson scored 20 points by halftime as Florida opened up a 39-33 lead. Tim Pickett's 3-pointer pulled Florida State (12-2) within 48-46 with just under 15 minutes left.

Lee's two foul shots triggered an 18-4 run in which six different Gators scored. Matt Walsh's layup capped it for a 66-50 advantage.

"Tonight we wanted to go up and down the floor," Florida coach Billy Donovan said. "We wanted them to scramble for every shot opportunity."

Roberson finished 7-of-11 from the arc, matching his career high set last season against Georgia on January 11, including one at the buzzer for the 66-63 triumph. The sophomore guard turned in a similar performance by canning long shot after long shot against Florida State.

The Gators used their vaunted full-court pressure to force 21 turnovers, getting their running attack in full gear. Lee, who entered having made 17 straight shots, was 5-of-7 from the floor along with Bonell Colas.

"The core part of the game is that I think that Florida did an outstanding job defending us, even though I thought we handled the press well enough to get the ball to half court," Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton said. "They made us make a lot of decisions and I think we made too many poor decisions to take advantage of the talent that we have on the team."

Pickett scored a season-high 25 points, drilling six 3-pointers. Freshman reserve Alexander Johnson was the only other Seminole in double figures, fouling out with 10 points.


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