GAINESVILLE -- Kenny Boynton and Mike Rosario each scored 15 points, lifting No. 4 Florida to a 75-36 win over South Carolina at the O'Connell Center. It was another smothering defensive effort for the Gators, who led by as many as 47 points in the second half. Florida held an opponent under 40 points for the second time this season and under 50 points for the 11th time this season. Freshman Michael Frazier added 12 points off the bench for Florida (17-2, 7-0 SEC), which won its ninth straight. Freshman forward Michael Carrera led South Carolina (12-8, 2-5 SEC) with 13 points. The Gators led 33-10 at halftime despite going 7-for-16 from the free-throw line in the first half. Florida's modern record for fewest points allowed in a half was nine in the season opener Nov. 11 against Alabama State. Florida held South Carolina to just three first-half field goals and 14.6 percent shooting in the first half (3-for-21). If not for a technical foul on Rosario for hanging on the rim after a dunk, Florida could have set a record for fewest points allowed in a half in the shot-clock era. Fueled by their defense, the Gators got off to another quick start. Florida forced nine South Carolina turnovers in the first nine minutes of the game, jumping to an early 17-4 lead. Rosario sparked the Florida offense, scoring all the points during a 10-0 Gators run. The stretch included a four-point play in which Rosario made a 3-pointer from the left wing as he was fouled by South Carolina guard Brian Richardson. An Erik Murphy 3-pointer extended Florida's lead to 24-6 with 7:44 left. From there, Florida continued to smother South Carolina defensively throughout the half. Florida's Casey Prather was available for the game. He hadn't played since Jan. 12 against LSU due to a high ankle sprain.
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