Florida 82, Vanderbilt 65
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—Anthony Roberson scored 30 points, including 6-of-10 from 3-point range, as Florida Gators beat Vanderbilt 82-65 Saturday for its third straight victory.
The Gators (11-3, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) now have won eight of their last nine games against Vanderbilt (11-6, 2-2).
The latest matchup wasn’t even close.
The game featured the SEC’s best shooting team in Florida and the league’s best 3-point shooters in the Commodores, but the Gators dominated. They outrebounded Vanderbilt 45-25 outscored the Commodores 30-20 inside.
David Lee added 11 points and grabbed 17 rebounds for Florida, and Lee Humphrey had 10.
Vanderbilt led only once—at 3-0 in the opening minute. The Commodores lost their second straight and looked flat in a game played 22 hours after a memorial service for running back Kwane Doster, who was shot to death in Tampa on Dec. 26.
Doster had been a roommate of Mario Moore and Julian Terrell. Moore, the SEC player of the week, missed three of his first four shots and had only two points at halftime. He finished with 10. Terrell was 2-of-8 and had six points.
Freshman Shan Foster had a season-high 18 points for Vanderbilt. Jason Holwerda had 11, and Dawid Przybyszewski added 10.
Florida put the game away in the first half after Vanderbilt tied the score at 24 by finishing the half with a 19-3 run for a 43-27 lead. The Gators led by as much as 64-39 midway through the second half when Lee hit a free throw.
The Commodores kept picking away but never got closer than 74-62 on Foster’s third 3-pointer of the half.