Gators falter in second half, lose to Buckeyes 93-75
The No. 11/No. 9 Florida Gators suffered their first loss of the season to the No. 5/No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes 93-75 in a game that was a tale of two halves.
The first half saw the Gators establish a strong post presence, outrebounding the Buckeyes 19-8 and leading Ohio State 41-38 at the break.
However, the Buckeyes came out on fire in the second half and outscored their hosts 55-34 to end the game.
Jared Sullinger led Ohio State in scoring, outmuscling Florida big men Vernon Macklin, Alex Tyus, and Patric Young (combined 18 points and 11 rebounds) to score 26 points and grab 10 boards for a double-double.
Ohio State also won the turnover battle, giving the ball away only eight times, compared to Gators' total of 18.
"We got a lot of pre-season hype, but we have a long way to go," Florida head coach Billy Donovan said. "We're totally undisciplined."
The Gators' top scorer was Kenny Boynton (21 points), followed by Erving Walker (15 points) and Chandler Parsons (13 points).
Florida's next game will be against North Carolina A&T, the victim of a 102-61 Ohio State victory earlier this season, Thursday night at the O'Connell Center.
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