GAINESVILLE, Fla. — After three SEC loses, the Florida Gators (16-8, 7-4) pick up a much needed win at home against LSU (13-10, 4-7), 73-64. Florida had a good offensive night, shooting 52% from the field with 34 points in the paint and 21 points off turnovers.
“Some of it was plays, some of it was just guys playing, and some of it was just taking advantage of some mismatches” said Mike White.
“We had good ball movement, I thought Keith [Stone] was really good, kind of set the
tone in that regard attacking close outs, playing off a two feed, did a better job of searching and cutting when guys came to jump stops, valued the ball at a pretty high level, got decent inside out action, more so than most games this season.”
Forward Keith Stone was one of three players to finish in double-digits for the Gators. He says the key to the good offensive night is very simple.
“Dudes are taking better shots and trying to make better passes. Just playing smart basketball” said Stone.
Smart basketball is something Florida has struggled with over the last three SEC matchups, not executing their game plan and making rushed decisions. Forward Kevarrius Haynes says they’re heading in the right direction.
“I feel like we did a lot better at picking good shots. The first one may not be the best one, especially when there may be 10 seconds on the shot clock. We have to make them play as hard as we play. So we can make them guard a little more and make them have their mistakes exposed and we can keep playing off of that” said Haynes.
Now the task is picking those shots and executing for the entire game. The Gators loss their lead with about 7:00 left in the second half, after leading by as many as 12 after halftime.
“It’s all about poise. Sometimes we have a habit of freaking out and thinking now we have to go score, score, score, but its more about doing things you can control. You can’t control whether the ball is going in or not but you can control how much energy you put on defense, and I think tonight we put a lot and everyone was talking the whole night, and that was a big difference” said Haynes.
Next up for the Gators, a rematch against South Carolina in Columbia. Tip-off is set for Saturday at Noon.