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Updated: Saturday, January 10, 2004 4:56 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(11) Florida 95, Tennessee 57

GAINESVILLE, Florida (Ticker) -- Tennessee was doing the talking but had nothing to say at the end.

Matt Walsh scored 20 points as No. 11 Florida rolled to its most decisive victory ever against Tennessee, 95-57, in a Southeastern Conference mismatch.

Tennessee (9-2, 1-1 SEC East) had won six straight games and had high hopes of making it seven for the first time since the 2000-01 campaign. Facing a ranked team for the first time, the Volunteers instead were exposed.

"It's a long season and this league is so tough as it is," Tennessee coach Buzz Peterson said. "This is a good lesson for us to learn because their pressure just forced into many poor decisions."

Walsh was bumped early by Tennessee's Brandon Crump, who appeared to attempt to intimidate the Gators' star. But Florida (11-2, 2-0) made a mockery of those tactics with full-court pressure that resulted in dunks and easy baskets.

"Anytime we get a chance to press and run like that, it's a lot more fun," said Walsh, who added six assists. "It's more fun for everybody."

The Gators had fun to the tune of 21 assists on 35 baskets, shooting a sizzling 65 percent (35-of-54). Walsh had four steals and Christian Drejer added three.

Anthony Roberson's 3-pointer triggered a 15-2 tear that opened a 22-7 lead nearly seven minutes into the contest. Another 3-pointer by Roberson made it 34-13 with 8:45 left in the half.

"I think it's a little surprising because in the SEC, you don't really expect to beat anybody by how much we beat them by, but the game got out of hand and we kept playing," Roberson said. "I think we played the whole game today."

Florida won for the sixth time in seven meetings with Tennessee, which leads the all-time series, 59-46.

Tennessee hosts the rematch in Knoxville on January 31. By then, the Vols hope to correct some of their mistakes.

"After the half, the lead kept going up and up so I think we gave up towards the end," said Vols guard C.J. Watson, who led the team with 11 points.


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