Despite not starting and clearly favoring his bad left thigh, Chandler Parsons scored 16 points and seven rebounds in Florida's 71-62 win over Georgia. At 11-2 in the SEC, UF has clinched at least a share of the SEC East title.
Parsons did not start the game but made the difference in the second half. He began attacking the basket, flinging himself into the lane to grab rebounds and diving for loose balls. Parsons energy brought back the entire team as Florida shook off a nasty first half. With Parsons' play, Erving Walker and Kenny Boynton were freed up to hit from the outside. Boynton's three consecutive 3-pointers over a two minute span expanded Florida's lead from one to nine, and was crucial in the victory. Boynton had 18 points and Walker had 15.
The Gators were beat up inside, especially Vernon Macklin and Alex Tyus against Georgia's Trey Thompkins, who scored 16 points. Macklin was impacted on the offensive end, as he only managed five points. Tyus scored 12, but was taking his usual 18-foot jumpers to score.
The Gators only scored 26 points in the first half and had to rally to do that. Georgia controlled the boards and UF was unable to get the ball inside. In the second half, UF erased the Bulldogs dominance on the glass and play with an energy not seen in the first period.
UF plays Saturday at Kentucky.