SUNRISE, Fla. -- Looks like Florida made pretty good use of its week off.
The 13th-ranked Gators (8-2) rolled out to an 18-2 lead behind a stingy defense and hot shooting and cruised to an easy victory over 22nd-ranked Texas A&M Saturday in the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Classic in front of 11,262 at the BankAtlantic Center. UF (8-2) hadn't played since a Dec. 9 victory over Rider in Jacksonville, Fla.
Player of the game: UF guard Kenny Boynton scored 22 points, the sixth time this season he has surpassed 20 points. Boynton made 7-of-15 shots, including 6-of-11 from 3-point range. Boynton has now scored 48 in his last two games, including a season-high 26 against Rider.
Stat of the game: Texas A&M entered the game allowing 51.4 points per game. The Gators lead 50-25 at halftime. The Aggies had held opponents to less than 50 points four times this season.
What did we learn? Florida was able to handle Texas A&M's length pretty well despite center Patric Young being in foul trouble much of the game. Young scored just five points and grabbed four rebounds, but Will Yeguete, Casey Prather and Erik Murphy pitched in on the boards. They combined for 13 rebounds.
Noteworthy: During halftime, a fan made a promotional half-court shot for $25,000. ... Murphy was back in the starting lineup for the first time since the wright State game one Nov. 21. He had 13 points, including 10 in the first half on 4-for-4 shooting. Murphy missed three games with a right knee injury. ... The Gators committed just three turnovers in the first half. Texas A&M had 10 in the first half.