The ninth ranked Gators (4-1) got hot early and often, hitting 11 3-pointers in the game, en route to a 107-62 win over the Dolphins (2-3).
Jacksonville got a team-high 15 points from Russell Powell and 12 points from Keith McDougald, who hit two 3-pointers.
“We’re a work in progress,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “You have to give Florida credit. They are a good basketball team. We turned the ball over early and they will make you pay for mistakes.”
The Dolphins struggled early with turnovers and the Gators took advantage – scoring 18 points off JU’s 14 turnovers.
Florida got a game-high 22 points from Kenny Boynton, leading five Gators in double figures. Ervin Walker added 21 with Bradley Beal chipping in with 15. Patric Young had 14 points and nine rebounds while Mike Rosario had 12 points off the bench.
JU opened the game on a 6-2 spurt, with McDougald and Chris Davis each hitting a trey in the opening minutes.
From there the Gators used a 26-4 run to build its first lead and later had a 10-0 run midway through the half to take a 58-38 lead in at halftime.
Florida continued to pour it on in the second half, hitting five 3-pointers and never took its foot off the gas in the final half.
The Dolphins hit the road for a Monday night matchup against #16 Marquette. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. in Milwaukee.
Florida’s 107 points is the most by the Gators against JU since getting 101 in 2005 and is second highest total for them in series history…McDougald is now 6-of-14 from 3-point land in two games in the O’Connell Center…Tevin Galvin played in his first game this season, missing the first four due to an injury…This is the first game this season that JU has not produced a 20-point scorer for a 50-percent shooting half.