No. 6 Florida routs Florida St.

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - Florida’s Casey Prather dunks on Florida State’s Michael Snaer dur­ing the No. 6 Ga­tors’ vic­tory on Wed­nes­day night in Tal­la­has­see. Phils sears / as­so­ci­ated Press eric Gay / as­so­ci­ated Press

No. 6 Florida’s guards made the dif­fer­ence — a big dif­fer­ence — in an easy win over ri­val Florida State on Wed­nes­day night.

Kenny Boyn­ton and Mike Rosario both scored 14 points as the vis­it­ing Ga­tors romped to a 72-47 vic­tory over the de­fend­ing ACC cham­pi­ons.

Fresh­man Michael Fra­zier added 12 points while Scot­tie Wil­bekin had five as­sists and five steals.

The Ga­tors’ big man, 6-foot-9 Pa­tric Young, had 10 points and eight re­bounds.

“Hopefully our guys are able to see is that our sum — our to­tal — is maybe big­ger than one or two in­di­vid­u­als,” Florida coach Billy Dono­van said. “That’s a good sign of a team.”

No one was more im­pressed with Florida’s per­for­mance than Florida State coach Leonard Hamil­ton.

“We ran into one of the bet­ter teams that we’ve played since I’ve been at Florida State,” said Hamil­ton, who is in his 11th sea­son at Florida State. “They’ve found the magic level. They un­der­stand who they are and what their strengths and weak­nesses are and they’re just ex­e­cut­ing un­til they find the mis­take that you’re go­ing to make and they make you pay.”

It took the Ga­tors just five min­utes to take a 12-2 lead and the rout was on.

“We took care of busi­ness in the first four min­utes and that’s what really de­ter­mined the game,” said Boyn­ton, whose layup with 8:57 left gave Florida (7-0) its largest lead at 62-25.

Michael Snaer led Florida State (4-4) with 10 points.

No. 19 Michi­gan St. 76, Arkansas Pine-Bluff 44: Garry Har­ris had 13 points, Travis Trice scored 12 and the host Spar­tans (7-2) routed the Golden Lions (1-7). Bran­den Daw­son added 10 for Michi­gan State, which held Arkansas-Pine Bluff score­less for al­most 10 min­utes to start the game.

Michi­gan State started the game with a 14-0 run and led 38-12 at half­time. The Golden Lions missed their first 13 shots and didn’t score un­til 9:48 into the game. ArkansasPine Bluff’s DaVon Haynes scored a sea­son­high 20 points.

No. 23 Ok­la­homa State 61, South Florida 49: Mar­cus Smart had 15 points and six re­bounds to lead the host Cow­boys (6-1) past the Bulls (5-3). Markel Brown added 13 points as Ok­la­homa State bounced back from its first loss of the sea­son. Smart, the Cow­boys’ play­mak­ing fresh­man, made a 3-pointer to start a 16-5 run that put Ok­la­homa State in con­trol in the sec­ond half. Vic­tor Rudd had 14 points for South Florida.


No. 21 North Carolina 64, Rad­ford 44: Waltiea Rolle scored 24 points and Xylina McDaniel had 16 points and eight re­bounds to lead the host Tar Heels (8-1) past the High­landers (3-4). Krista Gross, who ranks sec­ond in the ACC in re­bound­ing, had a ca­reer-high 17 for the Tar Heels.

Creighton 66, No. 25 Ne­braska 57: Re­serve Marissa Jan­ning scored 19 points on 7-of-10 shoot­ing, in­clud­ing four 3-point­ers, to lead the host Blue­jays (4-2) past the Corn­huskers (6-3). Hailie Sam­ple scored 20 points for Ne­braska.

Kobe Bryant scored 29 points, mak­ing him the fifth player in NBA his­tory to score 30,000, and the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers snapped a two-game skid with a 103-87 vic­tory over the host New Or­leans Hor­nets on Wed­nes­day night.

Bryant en­tered the game need­ing only 13 points to eclipse the scor­ing mile­stone and did so with a short jumper late in the first half that was per­haps the least spec­tac­u­lar of his bas­kets, which in­cluded the usual ar­ray of soar­ing dunks, de­mor­al­iz­ing tran­si­tion 3point­ers and turn­around, off-bal­ance jumpers.

Dwight Howard added 18 points and five blocked shots for the Lak­ers, who trailed 48-47 at half­time but seized con­trol with a 13-0 run to open the third quar­ter, and the lead grew as large as 20 in the fourth.

Ryan An­der­son scored 31, hit­ting 5 of 8 3-point­ers for the Hor­nets, who were play­ing their ninth straight game with­out top over­all draft choice An­thony Davis. Greivis Vasquez added 16 points, while Robin Lopez scored 15 points and blocked five shots.

Antawn Jami­son scored 15 and Metta World Peace 11, and Chris Duhon had 10 as­sists for Los An­ge­les, which is play­ing with­out Steve Nash and Pau Ga­sol and won its sec­ond road game.

Spurs 110, Bucks 99: Tony Parker and Gary Neal each scored 22 points, and host San An­to­nio had a sea­son­high 53 re­bounds.

Tim Dun­can added 17 points and 10 re­bounds for San An­to­nio (15-4). Ti­ago Split­ter had 15 points, Manu Gi­no­bili scored 11 and Matt Bon­ner had a sea­son-high 12 re­bounds.

Monta El­lis had 21 points and 11 as­sists for Mil­wau­kee (8-9). Bran­don Jen­nings added 14 points and Er­san Ilyasova scored all of his 17 points in the first half.

San An­to­nio out­re­bounded Mil­wau­kee 53-36, in­clud­ing a 28-17 ad­van­tage in the sec­ond half.

The Spurs went on a 36- 15 run bridg­ing the fi­nal two quar­ters to pull away from the Bucks.

San An­to­nio closed the third on a 12-6 spurt fu­eled by 3-point­ers from Bon­ner, Gi­no­bili and Nando De Colo. A de­fen­sive goal­tend­ing call against Larry San­ders on a layup by De Colo gave the Spurs a 78-76 lead, their first since late in the first half.

The Spurs opened the game by miss­ing their first 11 at­tempts be­fore Parker banked in a run­ner with eight min­utes left in the open­ing quar­ter. The Spurs off­set that poor shoot­ing with 11 re­bounds.

Spurs’ Tim Dun­can drives be­tween Bucks’ Larry San­ders (left) and Mar­quis Daniels. Dun­can had 17 points and 10 re­bounds in San An­to­nio’s win.

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