Florida A&M 58

(3-5, 0-1 MEAC)

(12) Florida 91

(11-2, 7-0 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 30, 2002

    Stephen C. O'Connell Center, Gainesville, Florida

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    FAMU 28 3058
    #12FLA 40 5191

    Lee's double-double powers Gators

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida was looking for more inside production and David Lee provided it.

    Lee had 12 points, 12 rebounds and five assists as the Gators (No. 13 ESPN/USA Today, No. 12 AP) beat Florida A&M 91-58 on Monday night.

    "I thought he was one of the reasons why we jumped out to a great lead in the second half,'' Florida coach Billy Donovan said. "I thought he dominated the boards.''

    Florida had 25 assists and forced 29 turnovers. The Gators shot 14-for-32 from 3-point range.

    "The most important thing is I think we're really starting to buy in as playing as a team,'' Lee said. "I think the way we distributed the ball, that was the thing I was most happy about in tonight's game.''

    Matt Bonner scored a game-high 18 points for Florida (11-2), which has won 36 consecutive non-conference games at home and is 29-2 in December over the past three seasons.

    The Gators are off until their SEC opener at No. 8 Mississippi State on Jan. 7.

    "I think our guys right now need to embrace the fact that we've got seven, eight days here to improve as a basketball team,'' Donovan said. "We've got to get better here right now. Going on the road in this league is tough, but to me it's a tremendous opportunity for the team to go in there and try to play against one of the better teams in our league.''

    Terrence Woods scored 10 points for Florida A&M (3-5), which dropped consecutive games against ranked teams. The Rattlers lost 107-66 to Oregon, No. 9 in this week's poll, on Dec. 20.

    They're a very, very good team,'' Florida A&M coach Mike Gillespie said. "Outstanding team. I put Florida right there with Oregon.''

    The Gators opened the second half with a 19-2 run to go up 59-30. Bonner had 10 points, including two 3-pointers, and Justin Hamilton had a fastbreak slam. Adrian Moss' 3-pointer extended the lead to 70-39 with nine minutes to play.

    Florida hit seven 3s on its way to a 30-14 lead midway through the first half. Brett Nelson, Walsh and Bonner had two each.

    Woods hit a 3-pointer during a 6-2 run that got Florida A&M to 32-20 with nine minutes left in the first half. The teams combined for just two points, coming on free throws by Lee, over the next 5½ minutes.

    "I thought coming in with great intensity and emotion was going to be key,'' Donovan said. "I thought our guys really did that about the first 12 minutes of the game. Once we were up, I thought our basketball team reverted to just trying to rely on their individual talents to score.''

    "In the second half, our basketball team came out and played very unselfishly.''

    Florida has 11 straight victories overall at home, the sixth streak of 11 or more under Donovan.

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