Three observations following UF’s 73-52 win over Alabama on Tuesday night at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa:
— It was good to see Florida not play “stall ball” in the final 10 minutes, even with a 24-point lead at the time. By playing free and easy and not getting too bogged down in the halfcourt, Florida scored 17 points over the final 10 minutes, including a rare basket from walk-on Andrew Fava. Alabama did outscore Florida 20-17 over the final 10 minutes, but it was better than being outscored 20-5 and allowing the Tide to creep back into the game.
— Junior guard KeVaughn Allen maintained the aggressiveness he showed against Auburn on the road. After going just 1 of 5 from the floor in the first half, Allen went 3 of 7 from the floor in the second half, a big reason why the Gators were able to keep their lead and pull away. Allen’s 13 points was his first double-figure scoring game on the road since scoring 11 points at Kentucky on Jan. 20.
— Florida’s free-throw shooting was only marginally better than in recent games, going 60 percent (12-20) from the line. Sophomore center Gorjok Gak missed all four of his free-throw attempts, but Jalen Hudson and Allen combined to go 10 of 12, which provided a boost for the Gators. It would be nice to see Florida get back closer to a 70-percent clip for critical games in March. Free throws win basketball games.