GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Alabama 81, Florida 70

(AP Photo/Matt Stamey)

By MARK LONG
AP Sports Writer

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Jahvon Quinerly and Juwan Gary scored 19 points apiece and No. 15 Alabama opened the second half with a 22-4 run en route to an 81-70 win over Florida.

The Crimson Tide (11-3, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) used the huge spurt to win consecutive games for the first time in a month and notch its first road victory of the season.

Florida (9-4) whittled a 15-point deficit to 66-61 with 6 minutes to play, but Quinerly answered with a layup and Keon Ellis followed with a steal and a dunk to push the lead to back to nine. The Gators never got closer than that the rest of the way.

Florida lost for the fourth time in seven games and the first of three straight against ranked teams. It was a daunting stretch for the Gators that became more difficult when they had to postpone a game and pause practices during the holiday break because of a COVID-19 outbreak within the team.

Coach Mike White's group was at full strength Wednesday, but several players had returned in recent days. The Gators looked sluggish at times, no more so than coming out of the locker room at halftime.

Florida missed its first nine shots and had five turnovers - three of them by leading scorer Colin Castleton - during a woeful 6-minute stretch that turned a tight game into a double-digit affair.

Ellis finished with 13 points for the Crimson Tide, which had all five starters score in double figures. Jaden Shackelford chipped in 14, and Charles Bediako added 11 points and seven rebounds.

Castleton led the Gators with 19 points but also had four of the team's 20 turnovers. CJ Felder had 12 points and Myreon Jones added 11.


Alabama
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Gary F 28 7-11 4-4 1-3 4-8 1 1 2 0 0 19
C. Bediako C 25 4-8 3-4 0-1 6-7 1 2 2 2 4 11
J. Shackelford G 36 4-12 3-4 3-8 2-3 1 0 2 1 2 14
K. Ellis G 32 5-11 1-1 2-7 1-4 2 1 4 2 3 13
J. Quinerly G 32 7-18 3-4 2-9 1-5 5 0 1 4 1 19
J. Davison   20 0-3 2-2 0-1 0-2 4 0 0 1 1 2
D. Miles   13 0-3 0-0 0-2 0-2 1 1 1 0 3 0
K. Ambrose-Hylton   8 1-4 0-0 0-0 1-3 1 0 1 0 2 2
N. Gurley   6 1-2 0-0 1-1 1-1 0 0 0 1 5 3
Totals   200 29-72
(.403)
16-19
(.842)
9-32
(.281)
20-40 16 5 13 12 21 83


Florida
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
C. Castleton F 30 7-10 5-7 0-0 5-7 1 1 2 4 3 19
A. Duruji F 23 1-1 2-4 1-1 2-6 1 3 0 0 3 5
M. Jones G 34 4-14 0-0 3-12 0-7 1 0 0 4 2 11
T. Appleby G 30 1-6 7-10 0-3 0-1 5 0 0 4 2 9
B. McKissic G 26 2-2 1-2 2-2 1-3 1 0 1 3 3 7
C. Felder   22 5-10 0-0 2-3 2-6 0 1 0 2 3 12
P. Fleming Jr.   16 0-6 0-0 0-2 1-2 1 0 2 3 0 0
J. Jitoboh   10 2-3 2-3 0-0 2-3 1 2 0 0 3 6
K. Reeves   5 0-0 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0 0 1
E. Kennedy   4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals   200 22-52
(.423)
18-28
(.643)
8-23
(.348)
15-40 12 7 5 20 20 70
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