Notebook: Frazier on fire at Auburn
Published: Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 7:17 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 7:17 p.m.
AUBURN, Ala. — Florida senior Mike Rosario has few doubts every time he watches freshman teammate Michael Frazier II shoot the basketball.
“Once Fraz' gets the ball and shoots, I'm already looking to run back,” Rosario said. “That's how confident I am in him when he just shoots the ball. I just know. I don't think about it, I just know it's going in.”
Frazier scored a career-high 18 points in UF's 83-52 win over Auburn on Saturday at Auburn Arena. The 6-foot-4 Frazier bounced back from one of his worst games of the season to go 6-of-7 from 3-point range.
“My teammates did a great job of finding me,” Frazier said. “We did a great job of moving the ball, playing together and fortunately the ball found me and I was able to knock down open shots.”
Frazier has emerged as a consistent offensive weapon for Florida off the bench with his shooting ability. He's shooting 60 percent (24-of-40) from 3-point range in SEC play this season.
It hasn't come without hard work. Rosario pointed out how hard Frazier works before games with Florida assistant coach Rashon Burno.
“He breaks a sweat before the game,” Rosario said. “That shows me a lot of how dedicated he is knowing he's in a situation where we're going to need him to come through and he's going to be prepared.”
Another milestone for Boynton
Florida senior Kenny Boynton reached another significant milestone Saturday against Auburn. The Pompano Beach native made his 129th career start, the most for a player in UF history.
Boynton passed former NBA center Andrew DeClercq, who started 128 career games for Florida from 1992-95.
“For Kenny, there's going to be a lot of milestones just because he's been a starter from day one,” Florida coach Billy Donovan said. “He's absorbed a lot of minutes, he's scored, he's gotten assists. He's going to leave here as one of the all-time great players to play in this program.”
With 16 points against Auburn, Boynton also eclipsed 1,900 points for his UF career. Boynton has 1,902 career points, 28 shy of Andrew Moten (1,930) for second on UF's all-time scoring list.
Florida improved to 7-2 on the road this season. "Going on the road and performing like this is hard for some teams like us because we have a target on us, being one of the top teams in the country and top teams in our conference," Rosario said. "I feel like it takes a lot of concentration and preparation to go on the road and get a victory." Florida is 2-1 in neutral-site games, with its lone loss coming to Kansas State in Kansas City. … The Gators won their eighth game by 30 points or more this season.
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