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Florida rolls at Auburn, 74-57

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Florida sophomore guard Tre Mann shoots a 3 during Tuesday's game against Auburn.

AUBURN, Ala. — Sophomore guard Tre Mann used his first career double-double Tuesday to lead Florida to a 74-57 win over Auburn.

Mann finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds.

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Who: Florida (12-6, 8-5 SEC) at Kentucky (8-13, 7-7)

When: 4 p.m. Saturday

TV: CBS

Radio: 103.7-FM

"I was pleased that Tre continued to be aggressive," UF coach Mike White said. "He's such an unselfish kid, to a fault. I've said it for two years, and I'll continue to say it to him. The numbers he had at halftime, I was concerned that he'd come out floating a little bit. 'Hey, let me get my teammates shots.' There's something to be said for that, for him to want teammates to have success and all that type of stuff and want to have ball movement, but when he's open we want him to shoot it."

Auburn scored first on a 3-pointer by Jamal Johnson. Florida then began taking control by going on an 18-3 run with 11:44 remaining. The Gators kept building their lead from there.

In a little more than the first 12 minutes, Mann was 6-of-8 shooting with a pair of 3-pointers, scored 14 points and collected five rebounds and Florida led 21-8.

"I knew it was a must-win so I came out aggressive," Mann said. "My teammates kept finding me, they gave me the ball. Had some great seals by Osayi (Osifo). (That's) something we were working on all week in practice — holding seals better to get us guards a lot of open layups. Yeah, I came out more aggressive for sure."

The Gators (12-6, 8-5 SEC) had a commanding 44-22 lead at the half, as Mann (16 points) and Scottie Lewis (14) combined to score 30 points on 13-of-17 shooting (4-for-7 from 3). Lewis finished with 16 points and five steals.

Florida held Auburn to 30-percent shooting and forced 13 turnovers, which led to 13 points, 10 of those came in the game’s first 13 minutes, during which the Gators jumped out to that 17-point cushion. UF outscored Auburn 26-6 in the paint. For the game, the Tigers committed 21 turnovers, which Florida turned into 19 points. And UF had outscored Auburn 40-20 in the paint for the game.

Auburn (11-13, 5-10) was playing without starting point guard Sharife Cooper (injured ankle), who was averaging 20.2 points and 8.1 assists per game.

The Gators held sway in the second half, as the teams played it out.  Florida led by 15+ the entire second half.

UF is 11-0 this season when scoring 72-plus points. Florida has won 13 of the last 15 in the series, including a 69-47 blowout victory on Jan. 18, 2020 when the Tigers came to the O’Dome ranked fourth in the country.

The 57 points mark Auburn's fewest in an SEC game this season. The 17-point margin of defeat at home marks its largest since a 114-95 loss to Florida in 2017.

Notes: The win marked White's 120th at Florida, moving into third all-time in Florida history by passing Sam McAllister (119, 1937-42, 1946-51), trailing only Billy Donovan (467, 1996-2015) and Norm Sloan (232, 1960-66, 1980-89). ... Mann's 13 rebounds also marked a career high (10 at Vanderbilt, 12/30/20).

Florida 74, Auburn 57

FLORIDA (12-6, 8-5 SEC)

Castleton 2-6 3-4 7, Duruji 3-9 1-2 7, Appleby 2-7 6-7 11, Locke 3-7 0-0 8, Mann 8-14 1-1 19, Lewis 7-12 0-1 16, Payne 2-3 0-0 4, Osifo 1-2 0-1 2, Glover 0-3 0-0 0, Ruzhentsev 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-63 11-16 74.

AUBURN (11-13, 5-10)

Thor 3-5 4-7 10, Williams 5-12 0-0 11, Cambridge 5-13 1-3 14, Flanigan 0-6 6-6 6, J.Johnson 3-11 1-2 10, Moore 0-1 2-2 2, Cardwell 1-1 0-2 2, Akingbola 1-1 0-0 2, Franklin 0-0 0-0 0, Berman 0-1 0-0 0, Cook 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-51 14-22 57.

Halftime_Florida 44-22. 3-Point Goals_Florida 7-20 (Locke 2-5, Lewis 2-6, Mann 2-7, Appleby 1-1, Glover 0-1), Auburn 7-31 (Cambridge 3-8, J.Johnson 3-10, Williams 1-7, Berman 0-1, Moore 0-1, Thor 0-1, Flanigan 0-3). Rebounds_Florida 37 (Mann 13), Auburn 32 (Flanigan 9). Assists_Florida 13 (Appleby, Mann 3), Auburn 13 (Flanigan 4). Total Fouls_Florida 20, Auburn 16.

Florida forward Colin Castleton goes up for a shot Tuesday against Auburn.