Notebook: Boynton shoots up scoring list
Published: Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 9:10 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 9:10 p.m.
BATON ROUGE, La. — Another game, another milestone for Florida senior guard Kenny Boynton.
With a team-high 20 points against LSU, Boynton passed both close friend Erving Walker and Udonis Haslem for third on UF's all-time scoring list.
Boynton passed Walker (1,777 points) on a free throw and Haslem (1,781) on his fourth and final 3-pointer of the game. The senior from Pompano Beach now has 1,782 ponts.
Boynton and Walker started together in the backcourt for three years before Walker graduated last May. Walker, UF's all-time assist leader, is currently playing overseas in Italy. Haslem is playing for the defending NBA champion Miami Heat.
“Passing Erv, we went through a lot together, and Udonis Haslem is a great player,” Boynton said. “It definitely means a lot. But I'm more happy we got the win.”
Boynton will have a while before trying to pass Andrew Moten, who is second on UF's scoring list with 1,930 points. Ronnie Williams is UF's all-time leader in scoring with 2,090 points. Former UF guard Vernon Maxwell scored 2,450 points in his UF career, but his final two seasons were struck from the UF record book due to NCAA violations.
Florida's shakiest moments in the LSU game came when the Tigers turned up their press in the second half. The Gators had three turnovers against LSU's press, which contributed to seven straight LSU points during a 12-0 LSU run.
Fortunately for Florida, the Gators were up 50-25 at the time and the run cut UF's lead to a still comfortable 50-37. But it was reminiscent of Florida's issues against the press against both Yale and Arizona.
“We know as a team we've got to get better at that,” Boynton said. “That's a concern, definitely, regardless of if we got the win or not. We've got to do a better job spacing the floor. Watching them on film, we knew they were going to press, and I don't think we did a great job handling it.”
Florida coach Billy Donovan said he felt the Gators did a better job in-bounding the ball against the press than they did against Arizona. Donovan felt the problems came when Florida players picked up their dribble after getting the ball past halfcourt.
“Our guys kept thinking they were going to drop back,” Donovan said. “I told them, it's not our press, it's LSU's press. They keep trapping, we have to keep playing. … I thought we did a better job attacking it later in the game.”
With the win, Florida improved to 3-1 on the road this season. … Trainer Dave “Duke” Werner said following the game he's optimistic that senior guard Mike Rosario (ankle sprain) will return in time for UF's game Thursday at Texas A&M. He's not as optimistic about Casey Prather, who suffered what LSU doctors diagnosed as a high ankle sprain. … Donovan wore a purple tie in support of Chris Herren's Project Purple, which raises awareness to fight substance abuse. Herren, a former Fresno State standout and friend of Donovan's, dealt with substance-abuse issues throughout his college and pro career.