Florida Defeats Tennessee 95-57

Jan. 10, 2004

Box Score


GAINESVILLE (AP) - Matt Walsh scored 20 points and No. 14 Florida jumped on Tennessee early Saturday for a 95-57 victory, the Gators' biggest win in the 77-year history of the series.

Tennessee (9-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) was coming off an impressive, 24-point win over Georgia earlier this week, but the Volunteers couldn't handle Florida's full-court press. They committed 20 turnovers.

Nor could Tennessee stop the Gators (11-2, 2-0). Florida shot 64.8 percent from the field, and the victory - Florida's sixth straight - far surpassed the 22-point margin that had stood as Florida's biggest in the series.

Walsh scored 10 points in each half. David Lee had 17 points and Anthony Roberson finished with 15 on 6-for-8 shooting.

C.J. Watson led the Vols (9-2, 1-1) with 13 points. Scooter McFadgon, who entered the game as the SEC's leading scorer at 19.8, finished with 12 points, while Brandon Crump had 11 points.

Crump, Tennessee's primary inside threat, was limited to two shots during a first half in which Florida went ahead big early and never looked back.

Roberson hit a 3-pointer as part of a 17-2 stretch during which the Gators made nine straight shots.

Lee made two free throws to put Florida ahead 38-14 with 7:30 left in the first half, and the rest of the game was spent pretty much playing out the string. Tennessee never pulled closer than 16. Florida coach Billy Donovan used all 11 scholarship players before halftime.

Tennessee returns home Wednesday to face SEC rival Vanderbilt in a 7:30 p.m. (Eastern) start.






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