Notebook: Young has career day in losing effort


Published: Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 7:18 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 7:18 p.m.

Florida freshman center Patric Young has learned to become more patient offensively.

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Florida's Patric Young grabs a rebound over South Carolina's Sam Muldrow during the first half at the O'Connell Center on Saturday.

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That patience paid off Saturday. Young scored a career-high 12 points, a bright spot in Florida's 72-69 loss to South Carolina at the O'Connell Center.

But Young was more disappointed with the loss than any personal achievements.

"I didn't think we came out ready to play," Young said. "(South Carolina) came and played the whole game, we only played 20 minutes of the game. I felt like we weren't being tough enough going for the offensive rebounds and loose balls. We just slipped up and didn't come ready. We'll learn from it."

Young added five rebounds and a blocked shot. His back-to-back baskets on a dunk and hook shot cut South Carolina's lead to 47-39 early in the second half. Young finished the game 5-of-6 from the floor and has averaged 6.8 points off the bench in his last four games

"He's working," Florida senior center Vernon Macklin said. "He's learning, listening pretty well. I talk to him a lot about the jump hook. He's very strong so he can get great position. He can get better position than I can because he's stronger than I am."

Murphy sits out

Florida sophomore forward Erik Murphy was available but did not appear in his fourth straight game due to a mid-foot sprain.

"He practiced sparingly the last two games, and I just felt the way the game was going, I didn't want to put him in that situation," Florida coach Billy Donovan said. "He didn't practice really two solid days, he practiced some. This is a better week for him going into the Auburn game because he has Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for him to get back, and it's probably better for his health."

The Gators play Thursday night at Auburn.

Home woes

Florida is 3-0 on the road and 1-1 in neutral sites this season.

But the Gators dropped to 8-3 at home following Saturday's 72-69 loss to the Gamecocks. Florida lost four games at home all last season and just twice at home during the 2008-09 season.

"It's a little strange," Florida senior forward Chandler Parsons said. "We had a great crowd today, too. Packed, rowdy. It's a shame we couldn't come out tonight with a win. There are a lot of things we've got to clean up."

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Former Gator and current Orlando Magic point guard Jason Williams sat courtside at the game. Williams was introduced over the PA system during the game's first TV timeout.

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