GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Nick Calathes got into Florida's record books twice Friday night.
Calathes' triple double -- 11 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists -- led the Gators to a 82-54 victory Friday night over Creighton, moving the defending two-time national champions into next week's quarterfinals of the National Invitational Tournament.
Calathes got the rare trifecta -- just the second in Florida basketball history -- with a layup late in the game that gave the Gators a 72-39 lead.
"My teammates made it happen," Calathes said. "They found me for my points."
Calathes also became the first player in Florida history to collect 200 assists in a season when he dished out his second of early in the game.
"He (Calathes) had a great game and took only seven shots," Florida coach Billy Donovan said. "He affected the game in a lot of different ways."
"His basketball savvy and vision is so good," Creighton coach Dana Altman marveled about Calathes. "Billy's going to have a lot of fun coaching him the next three years."
It was the second straight impressive NIT win for Florida, which routed San Diego State 73-49 in a first-round game Wednesday. The Gators have won 20 of their last 21 postseason games as they head for Arizona State and a Tuesday quarterfinal game.
"We came here with the intention of competing and really got shell-shocked early and really never gave them a game," Altman said. "We panicked a little bit."
Florida (23-11) used a 14-0 spurt midway through the first half to take a 29-12 lead on its way to a 39-19 halftime advantage that amped to 49-21 with a 10-2 getaway in the second half.
Florida played one of its best halves of the season, forcing Creighton into a dozen turnovers while committing just four of their own on its way to the 20-point halftime lead.