Florida defeats Georgia Southern 69-49Nov 19, 2009 - 2:33 AM By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer
GAINESVILLE, Fla.(AP) -- Kenny Boynton scored 22 points, Chandler Parsons added 15 points and 12 rebounds and Florida overcame a slow start to beat Georgia Southern 69-49 Wednesday night to open the Legends Classic.
Vernon Macklin chipped in 15 points and seven boards for the Gators (2-0), who also face Troy, No. 2 Michigan State and either Massachusetts or Syracuse in the tournament.
Florida struggled in the first half, shooting 26 percent from the floor and missing all nine shots from 3-point range. The Gators led 26-25 at halftime despite 10 turnovers and two assists.
Coach Billy Donovan probably ripped his players at the break, especially with his mentor, Louisville coach Rick Pitino, sitting courtside. They responded with a considerably better effort in the second half, scoring 43 points on nearly 50-percent shooting.
Rory Spencer led the Eagles (1-2) with 13 points.
- NCAA BB
FINAL 1ST 2ND TOTAL
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GEORGIA SOUTHERN 25 24 49
FLORIDA 26 43 69 FINAL
HIGH SCORERS: GEORGIA SOUTHERN - RORY SPENCER 13, ANTONIO HANSON 11,
CAMERON BASKERVILLE 6
FLORIDA - KENNY BOYNTON 22, VERNON MACKLIN 15,
CHANDLER PARSONS 15
Nov 18 9:13 PM
- NCAA BB
GA SOUTHERN 25
FLORIDA 26 HALFTIME
Nov 18 7:59 PM
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