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.