Beyond the arc: 3 takeaways from UF’s 108-68 win over UNF


Three observations following No. 8 Florida’s 108-68 win over UNF at the O’Connell Center:

— Florida played with more grit defensively against UNF, but the Gators need to do a better job of defending without fouling. Florida finished the game with 25 fouls, which allowed UNF to take 26 trips to the free-throw line. Jalen Hudson had 4 fouls, including 3 in the first half, while Keith Stone and Deaundrae Ballard each finished with 4 fouls as well.

— Sophomore 6-11 center Gorjok Gak had a nice stretch in scoring all of his career-high 12 points in the second half on baseline layups and dunks. Gak also was able to draw contact in the lane and his stroke at the free-throw line is much improved, as evidenced by his 4-for-4 night at the charity stripe. But Florida coach Mike White said that Gak needs to do a better job on the boards (1 rebound in 11 minutes) to earn more playing time.

— Junior swingman Jalen Hudson has a chance to flourish for UF in the sixth-man role. Hudson was the first player off UF’s bench against UNF and scored seven quick points on a putback, 3-pointer and driving layup, allowing UF to jump to an early 10-5 lead. I’d expect Hudson to continue to come off the bench and provide the kind of instant-offense spark that former Gator and SEC sixth man of the year Canyon Barry provided a season ago.