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Florida beats LSU 72-58 for 1st SEC victory

Jan 17, 2010 - 3:09 AM By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer

GAINESVILLE, Fla.(AP) -- Kenny Boynton scored 18 points, Vernon Macklin added 14 and Florida beat LSU 72-58 Saturday night for its first Southeastern Conference win.

Erving Walker chipped in 14 points and six assists for the Gators, who opened the second half with a 23-6 run that turned a close game into a rout.

Alex Tyus started the spurt with a pair of shots in the paint, Boynton followed with a 3-pointer and Macklin added an emphatic dunk on a fast break that prompted the Tigers (9-8, 0-3) to call timeout.

It didn't slow Florida (12-5, 1-2) down. Boynton hit two more 3s, and the Gators cruised the rest of the way.

Tasmin Mitchell led LSU with 17 points, 15 of them in the first half, but the Tigers didn't have anyone else in double figures.