Three observations following Florida’s 73-64 win Wednesday over LSU at the O’Connell Center:
— Florida did a nice job attacking the rim against LSU, outscoring the Tigers 34-22 in the paint. The Gators also got to the free throw line 20 times, though converting just 13 (65 percent). Keith Stone (15 points) and Kevarrius Hayes (9 points) combined for 24 points, though the Gators still missed some bunnies inside, including a close putback by Hayes, a close shot in the lane by freshman guard Mike Okauru and a missed dunk by Jalen Hudson, all in the first half. “We’ve got to convert those,” Florida coach Mike White said.
— Florida hasn’t broken out of its 3-point shooting slump, but it was good to see guard Egor Koulechov get on a little flurry in the second half. The Gators went 2 of 8 from 3-point range in the first half and 4 of 10 from beyond the arc in the second half to finish 6 of 18 (33.3 percent) for the game. The Gators are shooting just 29.4 percent from 3-point range (20-68) over the last two games.
— White did a good job using his bench more in the first half to help keep starters fresh down the stretch. Okauru logged a productive 17 minutes with nine points and a steal. Okauru and junior guard KeVaughn Allen will need to continue to spell senior point guard Chris Chiozza, who logged 35 minutes.