Florida 74, LSU 52

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BATON ROUGE, La. -- Florida had another balanced effort on the road against LSU.
Kenny Boynton led four scorers in double figures, lifting the No. 11 Gators to a 74-52 win over LSU at the Maravich Assembly Center.
Patric Young added 14 points for the Gators (12-2, 2-0 SEC) and Erik Murphy scored 12 points. Will Yeguete had a double-double off the bench with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Anthony Hickey led LSU (9-4, 0-2 SEC) with 15 points. The Tigers suffered their first home loss of the season.
Up 29-20 at halftime, Florida started the second half with a 21-5 run, taking a 50-25 lead on a putback from junior forward Will Yeguete. But LSU answered with a 12-0 run, scoring seven points off three straight turnovers against LSU's press.
After a 3-pointer from LSU guard Shavon Coleman cut Florida's lead to 50-37, Murphy answered with just his second 3-pointer in seven attempts to put the Gators back up 53-37. From there, Florida maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the game.
Florida and LSU played a physical first half that included poor shooting and four lead changes. LSU took its last lead of the half, 17-15, on a runner from Shavon Coleman. But the Gators closed the half on a 12-3 run to take a 29-20 halftime lead. The flurry included a putback from Casey Prather and drivng baskets from Kenny Boynton and Scottie Wilbekin.
The Gators held LSU to 29.6 percent shooting from the field in the first half and 22.2 percent from 3-point range. Offensively, Florida had questionable shot selection but still finished 36.4 percent and 25 percent from 3-point range.
NOTES: Florida senior guard Mike Rosario, the team's second leading scorer at 12.3 points per game, sat out with a sprained ankle. .... Senior forward Erik Murphy (broken rib) returned to the starting lineup and junior forward Casey Prather made his second straight start in place of Rosario. ... The Gators have used six different starting lineups in 14 games this season. ... Prather left the game late in the first half with a lower left leg injury and did not return.

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