TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Kenny Boynton and Mike Rosario both scored 14 points Wednesday night and No. 6 Florida romped to a 72-47 victory over defending Atlantic Coast Conference champion Florida State.
It took the Gators just 5 minutes to take a 12-2 lead and the rout was on. Boynton’s layup with 8:57 left gave Florida its largest lead, 62-25.
Florida (7-0) has held five opponents to less than 50 points this season while taking its fourth straight win over the Seminoles (4-4) who have lost three straight home games after their most lopsided defeat to Florida since a 96-61 loss in 1999.
Michael Frazier added 12 points and Patric Young finished with 10 points and eight rebounds for the Gators, who cruised to a 35-15 halftime lead in their first road game of the season. Scottie Wilbekin had five steals and five assists.
Michael Snaer led Florida State with 10 points, all in the second half.
Boynton’s layup with 13:56 left gave Florida a 50-19 lead.
Snaer countered a few seconds later with his first basket of the game.
Florida, which came into the game ranked second nationally in scoring defense, had the Seminoles baffled from the outset, forcing 13 turnovers in the first half and outrebounding them 21-11.
Florida State shot 25 percent in the opening half and managed three points over the final 8:54.
Florida came into the game with five wins at home and another on a neutral site in Tampa. The Gators didn’t appear the least bit bothered opening their road schedule on their archrival’s court.
Florida shot 49.1 percent in the game and forced 22 turnovers while Florida State shot 34.8 percent.
Former Florida State player Mitch Wiggins and his son Andrew, one of the most highly recruited prep players in the nation, attended the game.
No. 19 Michigan St. 76, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 44
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State held Arkansas-Pine Bluff scoreless for almost 10 minutes and went on to win.
Garry Harris scored 13 points, Travis Trice had 12 and Branden Dawson added 10 for the Spartans (7-2).
Michigan State started the game with a 14-0 run, led 38-12 at halftime and kept a comfortable lead in the second half.
The Golden Lions (1-7) missed their first 13 shots and didn’t score until 9:48 into the game.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s DaVon Haynes, who is from Detroit, scored a season-high 20 points – all after halftime.
The Golden Lions had seven points over the last 2:20 of the first half to finish with 12, the fifth-lowest total at halftime by a Division I team this season, according to STATS LLC.