More from Florida’s basketball redemption over FSU at the Donald L. Tucker Center.
* Florida coach Billy Donovan said he chose to stick with his younger frontcourt players over Vernon Macklin and Alex Tyus down the stretch because they were performing well on the defensive end. “I thought when they were in there, we were able to pad the lead a little bit,” Donovan said. After Tyus and Macklin checked out with Florida up 30-26 early in the second half, the Gators responded with an 11-2 run.
* Sophomore forward Erik Murphy has emerged as one of UF’s most productive frontcourt players per minute this season. In 15.2 minutes per game, Murphy is averaging 8.2 points and 3.3 rebounds with a team-high eight blocked shots. “I’m proud of him,” Donovan said. “I’m trying to find ways to get him more minutes. I think us going to zone in the second half really helped him. He was able to do a good job defending and rebounding his area.”