Inside, outside

Down low from David Lee ... and long distance from Anthony Roberson


Published: Friday, January 30, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 30, 2004 at 12:09 a.m.

One is a lefty who plays above the rim. The other is a righty who plays beyond the three-point line.

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David Lee, left, is not shy about staying around the basket, while Anthony Roberson, right, can put it up from anywhere.

MICHAEL C. WEIMAR/The Gainesville Sun

Junior forward David Lee, the lefty, and sophomore guard Anthony Roberson, the righty, both came to Florida as highly touted prospects. Yet the two never generated as much offense as they did together Tuesday at Alabama.

In combining for 50 of Florida's 88 points, Roberson and Lee have emerged as scoring options 1 and 1A in Florida's season-long search for an offensive identity. They accounted for all 12 points during a decisive 12-2 run down the stretch that erased a brief one-point Alabama lead.

The two wouldn't mind continuing their high-low high jinks Saturday at Tennessee.

"It makes it easier," said Roberson, who broke the 20-point mark for the eighth time in 17 games with 26 points. "With him scoring off me and me scoring off him, you can find open spots on the floor."

Said Lee: "Anthony played a great game. I just tried to provide some leadership and some scoring down low."

Florida coach Billy Donovan wanted better shooting and more production from his post players after his team plodded its way to win last Saturday against Auburn. He got it from Lee, who tied a season-high with 24 points by shooting 8-of-12 from the floor.

"From an offensive standpoint, our inside game and our outside game was working well," Donovan said. "And I think a big thing, too, is that we only had seven turnovers. We were able to move the ball and not make the mistakes we did on the road against Vanderbilt."

Roberson has made 11 3-pointers his last two games, bouncing back quickly from a 2-for-8 shooting night from beyond the arc against Mississippi State.

"When Anthony is hitting that outside shot, it's tough to guard us," Lee said.

Adding to the offensive flow was forward Christian Drejer, who set up Lee down low with numerous passes. Drejer was credited with four assists, though it seemed like he had more because he was moving the ball so effectively.

"Our cuts were sharper, and Christian was able to get David the ball in good positions on the floor," Donovan said.

"Passing is the best aspect of his game," Lee said. "He sees the floor so well and he's so unselfish, and that makes a big difference."

As did Roberson and Lee, though Lee cautioned against expectations for an encore performance.

"It would be great if we could each score 20 points every night, but realistically, we know that's not always going to be the case," Lee said. "Our defense did not come around until the final five minutes. We know we're capable of scoring but we also have to win games at the defensive end of the floor."

Kevin Brockway can be reached at (352) 374-5054 or by e-mail at brockwk@gvillesun.com

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