Updated: UF puts it together in runaway win over Stanford

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Florida sophomore Deaundrae Ballard. [Brad McClenny/ The Gainesville Sun/File]

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Florida bounced back Thursday to defeat Stanford 72-49 in a consolation bracket game in the Battle 4 Atlantis basketball tournament.

Sophomore guard Deaundrae Ballard led the Gators with a game-high 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting off the bench

Senior guard KeVaughn Allen added 13 points for the Gators (3-2), who arrived in the Bahamas with an offense that hadn’t performed the way coach Mike White expected. Then they scored 60 points in a first-round loss to Oklahoma, leaving White to say confidence was an issue for his team.

Things went smoother against the Cardinal (2-3). Florida shot 52 percent, including making 7 of 15 3-pointers.

“We were a different team tonight,” White said. “It feels good, I’ve got to be honest with you.”

The Gators took control early as Stanford’s offense sputtered. Florida led 32-13 by the break, the fewest points allowed in a half under its fourth-year coach.

Cormac Ryan scored 12 points for Stanford, which made 5 of 23 shots with 13 turnovers in an opening half that essentially decided this one.

The Gators will play Butler (4-1) at 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU) Friday for fifth place of the eight-team event. Stanford will play Middle Tennessee (3-3) for seventh place.

Florida took advantage of a poor first half by Stanford to build the 32-13 lead at intermission. Bryce Wills made two free throws with .04 seconds left in the half for Stanford’s first points by a starter, who were 0 for 13 from the field. Stanford also had 12 turnovers in the first 20 minutes.

Ballard led the Gators with 12 points in the opening half.

It was pretty much more of the same in the second half, when the Gators built their lead to 48-20 on a layup by Kevarrius Hayes with 14:37 remaining.

Senior guard Jalen Hudson, who didn’t make a 3-pointer in Wednesday’s 65-60 loss to Oklahoma, did not start and was replaced in the lineup by true freshman Noah Locke, who finished with 11 points.

The Gators are down to 10 healthy scholarship players with the ongoing injuries to center Gorjok Gak (knee, not cleared to play) and forwards Isaiah Stokes (knee pain) and Chase Johnson (concussion protocol).

No. 4 Virginia (5-0) will play No. 25 Wisconsin (5-0) for the tourney championship at 2 p.m. (ESPN) Friday. Dayton (4-1) will face Oklahoma (4-1) on Friday in the third-place game.


Friday

What: Battle 4 Atlantis college basketball tourney

Who: Florida (3-2) vs. Butler (4-1) in fifth-place game

When: 9:30 p.m.

Where: Paradise Island, Bahamas

TV: ESPNU

Radio: 103.7-FM, AM-850

 

FLORIDA 72, STANFORD 49
STANFORD (2-3)

da Silva 1-3 1-2 4, Okpala 1-5 2-2 5, Davis 0-1 0-0 0, Wills 2-9 2-2 6, Ryan 4-10 0-0 12, Pugh 1-1 0-0 2, Stanback 0-0 0-2 0, Delaire 1-2 2-2 4, Kisunas 0-0 2-2 2, Sharma 3-5 0-0 6, White 1-1 0-0 3, Herenton 0-0 0-0 0, Sheffield 2-6 0-0 5. Totals 16-43 9-12 49.

FLORIDA (3-2)

Stone 2-3 0-0 4, Hayes 3-6 1-2 7, Allen 4-7 4-4 13, Nembhard 4-7 0-1 8, Locke 4-11 0-0 11, Bassett 1-2 0-0 2, K.Johnson 2-5 0-0 4, Krause 0-0 0-0 0, Okauru 2-3 0-0 4, Ballard 7-12 2-3 19, Hudson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-56 7-10 72.

Halftime_Florida 32-13. 3-Point Goals_Stanford 8-22 (Ryan 4-9, White 1-1, Sheffield 1-2, da Silva 1-3, Okpala 1-4, Davis 0-1, Wills 0-2), Florida 7-15 (Ballard 3-5, Locke 3-6, Allen 1-2, Stone 0-1, Nembhard 0-1). Fouled Out_None. Rebounds_Stanford 22 (Sharma 5), Florida 30 (Hayes 8). Assists_Stanford 10 (Okpala 3), Florida 10 (Nembhard 5). Total Fouls_Stanford 11, Florida 17.

9 COMMENTS

  1. They finally showed some heart and played with intensity. They were much more focused today. Ballard can ball. Allen scored 13 but it is clear that he is just not the outside shooter he once was. I keep waiting for him to explode and knock down 6-8 3’s in a game but I do not think that will happen. I still think that the coach is asking him to do too much. Just let him shoot. Hudson was benched and rightly so. He is not playing with real effort. He has to ask himself does he really want to play and if so, show it. Hayes played better as well.

    • JLR, I was thinking much the same as I watched the last 2 nights unfold. I seems strange that the freshmen and soph’s are playing with much more confidence than the 3rd and 4th year guys, and Hudson is just going through the motions. If he is still down about being told by the NBA to come back to school for anther year last May, he is certainly not helping his cause so far this season. While Allen has regressed from the 3point shooter he was as a freshman, he still seems to play hard at both ends of the court, so I hope he can just get more aggressive when he has the ball.

  2. Good to see some passion and purpose again in Mike White’s Gator Basketball team. I was beginning to wonder if it left with ‘”Cheese.” But I still cannot figure out how Stokes’ knee and concussion guy, Johnson, are out 2 years in a row with the SAME INJURIES!?!? Anyway, well done Gators! Now finish this Bahamian trip with a win Friday night… ”and 2 outta’ 3 ain’t bad!” At least for Meatloaf. Go Gators!

  3. Stanford is NOT a very good team. Save judgment for when the Gators play LSU, Tennessee, Auburn, South Carolina, Kentucky, et. al. I really did not learn much from this game as to how good this team is, or can be. Stanford had 19 turnovers. Was it good Florida defense or bad Stanford ball handling? Comments are invited. I am just one opinion.

    • Excellent comment! We have to wait until we play better teams and in the meantime keep improving, altering the lineups, game plans, etc. until the right combination is found! I think our defense will be very good but our offense has issues that needs time again to iron it out to find the right mix of again players and strategy! We definitely need Stokes and Chase Johnson to help us inside on offense! We are not a big team and need all the help we can get.

  4. Cattrick, I think it was both. I think the good news so far is that even with Stokes and C. Johnson out, this team has good depth which will allow them to play defense at a higher level all over the court. The offense will come and hopefully we will see more of Noah Lock. He looks like the Allen of 3 years ago!