Florida Barely Avoids Upset Against Richmond

By Daniel Karpuc
Michael Frazier II
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Florida Gators sophomore Michael Frazier II hit some clutch threes as the No. 12 home team defeated the Richmond Spiders by the score of 67-58. Trailing midway through the second half, the Gators buckled down and squashed the Spiders when it mattered most. With the win, the Gators move to 11-2 on the year, while the Spiders fall to 10-5.

Florida coach Billy Donovan couldn’t have been happy with his team’s 25 first-half points. The only positive: Richmond had 23 points. Known for his fiery, no-nonsense attitude, Donovan finally got to his players midway through the second half, after they trailed by six points. A balanced attack from Frazier II, with 18 points, Patric Young with 15, Casey Prather with 12 and Scottie Willbekin with 10 led the Gators to victory. Frazier II hit a number of clutch threes to lead Florida to victory.

On the game, the Gators shot 46.4 percent, including just 5-of-19, or 26.3 percent from three-point range. They out-rebounded Richmond to an amazing amount of 44-22, which was the difference in the game.

A couple things bothered me from Florida’s perspective, though. First, their lack of depth can be an issue moving forward. Dorian Finney-Smith and Kasey Hill are the only two off the bench to play consistent minutes. In a long season, it would be nice to have more insurance. Secondly, the team only had 10 assists on the game and took 19 threes, only making five of them. This is an indication of an impatient team with a “run-and-gun” mentality. This can be considered reckless.

Reckless or not, the Gators picked up the win, and move on to play South Carolina in their first SEC conference game on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Dan Karpuc is a college basketball writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @dan_karpuc, “Like” him on Facebook, and add him to your network on Google.

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