GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Coming off a big win, Billy Donovan got
the letdown he more or less expected. It didn't matter much,
because the opponent was Florida A&M.
The Gators (3-0) stayed perfect, four nights after their big
78-77 win over No. 7 Arizona. Matt Walsh, who keyed the Arizona win
with 27 points, came back with 15 to celebrate his 21st birthday.
But it was the 31 points by Terrance Woods of Florida A&M (0-4)
that had Donovan so fired up.
"We've got good enough defenders that guys shouldn't get 31
points against us," Donovan said.
Florida gave up nine 3-pointers to Woods, whose 31 points were
the most against the Gators at home since 1989. Demarcus Wilkins
had four 3-pointers and 24 points.
Donovan focused much of his wrath on the defensive effort of
Roberson and the guards, who let Woods and Wilkins shoot at will.
"The second half, coach got on me," Roberson said. "He talked
to the whole team, but he basically came up to me and said my name
and pointed me out."
And while his defense didn't pick up noticeably, his offense
After White made a 3 early in the second half to cut A&M's
deficit to nine, Roberson answered with 11 points in a 14-3 run to
turn the game into a runaway.
Bonell Colas finished with 11 points and seven rebounds for
Florida. He and Moss were among the few who drew praise from
"Thank God for our front court, because they played with
energy," Donovan said.
Walsh also had four rebounds and five assists. He was far from
perfect -- he shot 4-for-12 -- and hit only one 3. But the highlight
of his game was that single 3 -- a swish from the corner that gave
Florida its 90th point, which won all the ticket-holders free
David Lee had 12 points and six rebounds. He sat the second half
after twisting his ankle, although Donovan said he wasn't sure
whether it was the ankle or his ongoing troubles with leg cramps
that kept him out. Lee has yet to play late in any of Florida's
Donovan said Lee's status for Florida's next game, Thursday
against Central Florida, was in doubt. Also ailing was Christian
Drejer, who had flu symptoms and scored eight points in 16 minutes.
Florida A&M kept this game competitive for about 22 minutes, but
a lack of height and depth did in the Mid-Eastern Athletic
Conference team, which has lost its last four games to Florida by
an average of 46 points.
"I'm playing with a 5-10 shooting guard and my backup point
guard is a midget," FAMU coach Mike Gillespie said. "Halfway
through the game, I went to press row and started asking guys if
they had eligibility left."
The Rattlers played without starting forward O.J. Sumter, who
has a knee injury and could be lost for the season. Florida
outrebounded Florida A&M 59-31.
"O.J. would not have made a difference," Gillespie said. "He
can rebound, but he's not Moses Malone."