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Florida 76, Richmond 56

The Florida Gators rolled to a 76-56 win over the Richmond Spiders Tuesday night at the O’Connell Center. Florida scored the first 8 points of the game and poured it on, leading 40-17 at half.

Richmond made their biggest run of the game starting the second half, when they went on a 9-0 run to cut a 25 point deficit to 42-26. The Gators responded with an 11-0 run that put them back in total control and 53-26. Florida led by as many as 28 points in the second half, before the Spiders made a late run in the closing minutes that produced the final margin.

Richmond (4-3) had at least two wins that had the attention of the Gator players and coaching staff. They posted a 91-82 victory on the road at Wake Forest and beat then-No. 14 California , 90-84 in the Las Vegas Invitational. With that in mind, Florida did not take them lightly.

John Egbunu had a huge game for the Gators, scoring 17 points and hauling down 14 rebounds. Devin Robinson also had a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds while KeVaughn Allen chipped in with 10 points.

Terry Allen led Richmond with 15 points, but shot only 6 for 22 from the field. Marshall Wood had 12.

Florida shot 41 percent from the field and Richmond managed 34 percent shooting. The Gators dominated the boards, outrebounding Richmond 57-36.

The Gators, 6-1, have a week off before heading to Coral Gables next week to take on the No. 21 Miami Hurricanes.

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Bob Sparks is President of Ramos and Sparks Group, a Tallahassee-based business and political consulting firm. During his career, he has directed media relations and managed events for professional baseball, served as chief spokesperson for the Republican Party of Florida as well as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Attorney General of Florida. After serving as Executive Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Charlie Crist, he returned to the private sector working with clients including the Republican National Committee and political candidates in Japan. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Sue and can be reached at Bob@ramos-sparks.com.

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