AUBURN, Ala. -- Senior guard Mike Rosario scored 22 points, lifting No. 7 Florida to an 83-52 win over Auburn at Auburn Arena on Saturday. Freshman Michael Frazier III scored 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting from 3-point range, and Kenny Boynton added 16 points for the Gators (20-3, 11-1 SEC). Senior forward Erik Murphy added 11 points and point guard Scottie Wilbekin had six points and 10 assists. The Gators shot 51 percent (15 of 29) from 3-point range and held an opponent under 60 points for the 18th time this season. Chris Denson led Auburn (9-16, 3-9 SEC) with 13 points. Rosario helped the Gators get off to a strong start. The 6-foot-3 senior guard scored nine of their first 16 points, including a 3-pointer that gave them a 16-6 lead. Rosario followed up a beautiful hanging reverse layup with a steal and three-point play on a breakaway layup to extend Florida's lead to 25-10. Murphy then hit a 3-pointer to put Florida ahead 28-12. A 3-pointer by Auburn's Noel Johnson cut Florida's lead to 37-22. But the Gators closed the half with a 10-0 run. Boynton and Frazier hit back-to-back 3-pointers, then Rosario followed with a 17-footer to put Florida up 45-22. After an Auburn miss, Wilbekin hit a jumper in the lane with 1.6 seconds left to put Florida up 47-22 at halftime. Rosario scored 18 first-half points. Florida shot 60 percent from the floor (18 of 30) and 46.7 percent (7 of 15) from 3-point range. The Gators also scored 16 points off 10 first-half Auburn turnovers. NOTES: Kenny Boynton made his 129th start for the Gators, a school record. Boynton passed former Gator and NBA forward Andrew DeClercq, who made 128 starts at Florida from 1992 to 1995. ... Junior Chris Denson started for Auburn in place of leading scorer Frankie Sullivan, who came off the bench. ... Scouts from the Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks and Utah Jazz attended the game. ... Florida won its fifth straight against Auburn and has won 15 of the last 16 meetings.
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