Florida 82, Southeastern Louisiana 43: Gators stroll to winter break win

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The Gators got back to their fantastic offense and defense against an incredibly overmatched foe. But Kenny Boynton remained cold.

It took a while for Florida to break away against Southeastern Louisiana, and the Gators' typical struggles were on full display against the Lions. But they still got an 82-43 win, their second-largest of the season, in their first game of winter break.

Mike Rosario scored 20 points, setting his new career high as a Gator, and had 17 of those points in the first half. Rosario also added six rebounds and four assists, playing one of the better games a Gator has played this year.

Patric Young was the only other Gators starter in double figures, putting up 10 points and snaring five rebounds to go with them. Michael Frazier chipped in 12 points and six rebounds off the bench, and eight Gators had six or more points.

But Kenny Boynton, glacier-cold in the last few weeks of play, went just 1-for-7 from the field, taking all his shots from deep on the night, and though his seven points pushed him past 1,700 in his Florida career, he's averaging just eight points per game in his last four outings.

It's probably unwise to read much of anything into this game against a bad team at home, but Boynton's inability to get back to even decent shooting against teams that concede open shots is worrisome.

The 39-point margin of victory is second only to Florida's 49-point margin of victory against Alabama State in its home opener.

The Gators next play on Saturday, December 22, when they will face Kansas State in Kansas City.

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