Three observations following Florida’s 75-60 win over Incarnate Word:
— Junior guard Jalen Hudson has had better scoring games, but tonight was his best all-around game as a Gator. The 6-foot-6 Hudson can be a shot-hound, but tonight had a career-high 6 assists to go with 13 points and added two steals on the defensive end of the floor. Like point guard Chris Chiozza, Hudson is quick enough to drive the lane and create for others when defenses collapse around him.
— Florida recorded just six fast break points despite having several runout opportunities against Incarnate Word off turnovers. The reason? Some ill-advised alley-oop attempts on two-on-one and three-on-one breaks that weren’t converted. White called some of the sloppiness on the break “a lack of maturity.” “I wish we had some of those back,” White said.
— Junior center Kevarrius Hayes was able to provide some inside offense and rebounding in the first half, but was pulled early in the second half after allowing UIW forward Charles Brown III to drive right by him and foul him on a three-point play that tied the score at 37. The 6-foot-9 Hayes finished with 8 points and a season-high 8 rebounds in 17 minutes, but needs to string together two good halves and deliver more consistent production in SEC play. Too often, Hayes leaves his feet or lunges forward going for shot blocks, which takes him out of rebounding position and leaves him susceptible to fouling.