It wasn’t quite at the Michael Jordan level, but Andrew Nembhard had a flu game of his own.
The sophomore guard played 26 minutes despite missing two practices and the Saturday shootaround with the flu and helped Florida get a huge one against fourth-ranked Auburn, 69-47.
Nembhard only had six points and five assists, but he guided the Gator attack for much of the game.
Auburn (15-2) lost its second straight game in part because of a lousy shooting performance (25.5 percent for the game).
And the Tigers had no answer for UF sophomore Omar Payne, who had 19 points to lead the Gators and 11 rebounds. Senior Kerry Blackshear Jr. had 16 rebounds and 11 points for Florida.
Florida (12-5, 4-1 in the SEC) shot 50 percent and never allowed Auburn to have the lead in the entire game.
Florida’s next game will be Tuesday at LSU at 7 p.m. on the SEC Network. LSU entered Saturday night’s game at Ole Miss with a 12-4 record and the Tigers were 4-0 in SEC play.
Auburn made only 6-of-29 shots in the first half, but hung around because of 10-for-10 free throw shooting and 12 Florida turnovers.
Still, the Gators were able to carve out a 28-23 lead as Blackshear had 11 rebounds in the half.
The Gators increased that lead to 12 midway through the second half on a 3-point shot by Noah Locke. Florida led 58-44 with 4:27 to play when Payne converted a 3-point play after a rebound.
From there, Florida could do little wrong and Auburn could do little right. The Gators only had three turnovers in the second half.