Florida shoots lights out in win

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AUBURN, ALA. - The Florida Gators are fast learners.

Florida's Taurean Green was one of three Gators to score 17 points in their 91-66 victory over SEC rival Auburn.  Associated Press
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Florida's Taurean Green was one of three Gators to score 17 points in their 91-66 victory over SEC rival Auburn.

After struggling against one smaller team, the top-ranked Gators found just the right mix of outside shots and pounding it inside during Saturday's stress-free 91-66 victory over Auburn.

Florida (19-2, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) shot 58 percent from the floor, went 9-of-14 on 3-pointers and nursed a big lead through most of the game against the smaller Tigers.

The Gators' 12th consecutive win was a breeze compared to Wednesday night's 70-67 win over Mississippi State when they trailed at halftime.

"I didn't think that we played with a great level of basketball intelligence against Mississippi State in the first half," Florida coach Billy Donovan said. "We got caught up taking too many perimeter shots. I think our guys learned a valuable lesson."

The Tigers (13-9, 3-4) paid the price for that lesson.

Balance certainly wasn't an issue for Florida.

Taurean Green, Lee Humphrey and Al Horford scored 17 points apiece and the Gators had few problems hitting 3s or scoring inside against the Tigers, who were unable to counter the nation's top shooting team.

Horford made all six of his field-goal attempts and was 5-of-6 on free throws. Humphrey was 6-for-7 shooting and made all four 3-point attempts.

The Tigers were coming off a 24-point rout of No. 12 Alabama but were helpless against the Gators.

"They were too good," Auburn coach Jeff Lebo said. "They could beat a lot of people the way they shot today. They're as good of a basketball team as I've seen in a while. They just shot it too well today for us and they pounded it in there against us.

"We didn't have any answers and we fouled too much," he added.

Joakim Noah had eight points, seven rebounds and four assists for Florida, but his double-figure scoring streak ended at seven games.

Corey Brewer was one of the few Gators who didn't shoot well, going 4-of-14 for 11 points. Florida hit 24 of 35 free throws and committed only eight turnovers for its eighth consecutive win over the Tigers.

Defensively, the Gators focused on stopping Auburn's outside shooters, and the Tigers were just 1-of-13 on 3-pointers.

"I can't sit there and say it was all our defense, but we gave up hard drives to the basket," said Donovan, who coached his 400th game. "Our guys around the basket were able to alter some shots. We were prepared to live with two-point shots rather than 3-pointers."

Quantez Robertson led Auburn with 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting and had five assists. Quan Prowell added 15 points, Rasheem Barrett scored 12 and Josh Dollard had 11 points and nine rebounds.

"They've got the whole package," said Prowell, Auburn's tallest player at 6-foot-8. "They showed it today."


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