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Auburn center Austin Wiley (50) guards Florida forward Omar Payne (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Matt Stamey)

Payne's career game helps Florida beat No. 4 Auburn 69-47

Jan. 18, 2020 5:04 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Omar Payne was an afterthought in Florida's highly touted recruiting class, which featured high school All-Americans Scottie Lewis and Tre Mann. No one expected Payne to start, let along star, in any games this season. So his performance against Auburn was a bigger shock than the...

Florida guard Andrew Nembhard (2) shoots over Mississippi guard Devontae Shuler (2) during an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Gainesville, Fla. (Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun via AP)

Gators guard Andrew Nembhard has flu, could miss Auburn game

Jan. 17, 2020 2:56 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida could be without point guard Andrew Nembhard against No. 4 Auburn on Saturday. Coach Mike White said Nembhard has the flu and missed practice Thursday and Friday. The sophomore and Canadian national team player has started all 52 games in two seasons. “We all better...

Florida guard Keyontae Johnson (11) goes up for a dunk against Mississippi during an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Gainesville, Fla. (Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun via AP)

Johnson leads way, Florida beats undermanned Ole Miss 71-55

Jan. 14, 2020 10:05 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida responded from its worst performance of the season with one of its best. It's what most everyone has come to expect from coach Mike White's consistently inconsistent team. Keyontae Johnson scored 15 points, Kerry Blackshear Jr. added 13 and the Gators handled undermanned...

Missouri's Mark Smith celebrates a three point shot during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Florida Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

Hot-shooting Missouri routs Florida 91-75

Jan. 12, 2020 12:08 AM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri has made scoring points look very hard this season. In Saturday’s 91-75 victory over Florida, the Tigers made it look easy. “When you start seeing the ball go in for everybody, it’s easy to get rolling,” said Dru Smith, who finished with 22 points,...

Nembhard helps Florida roll past South Carolina 81-68

Jan. 7, 2020 10:47 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — When Andrew Nembhard is on his game, Florida usually is, too. The Gators sophomore was certainly on against South Carolina, with 21 points and 10 assists in an 81-68 victory Tuesday night. Nembhard played with poise, flash and a killer instinct his helping Florida (10-4) start 2-0...

Florida rallies from 21 points down to top Alabama in 2OT

Jan. 4, 2020 10:22 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Noah Locke and his Florida teammates knew what was coming. Alabama had run the same set on its previous two inbound plays. So the Gators defended it perfectly. Locke stole John Petty Jr.'s inbound pass and hit a layup with 21 seconds remaining in regulation, helping Florida...

Florida handles Long Beach State 102-63 in pre-SEC tuneup

Dec. 28, 2019 3:09 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida may have found a turning point in its up-and-down season. Kerry Blackshear Jr. and Keyontae Johnson scored 21 points apiece and the Gators overwhelmed Long Beach State 102-63 on Saturday in their final tuneup before Southeastern Conference play. Noah Locke chipped in 16...

Utah State guard Abel Porter (15) passes past Florida forward Kerry Blackshear Jr. in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, part of the Orange Bowl Classic tournament, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Merrill's 21 points help Utah State beat Florida 65-62

Dec. 21, 2019 6:24 PM EST

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Utah State didn't give up a field goal in the first 10 minutes Saturday and still led by only four points, which was enough to make coach Craig Smith rub his jaw in disbelief. “The start,” he said, “was a little bit of a root canal.” Pain relief came soon...

Lovett leads scoring as FIU routs Florida Memorial 99-74

Dec. 19, 2019 9:12 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Eric Lovett scored a season-high 21 points to lead five players into double figures as Florida International blew past Florida Memorial Tuesday night and remain unbeaten at home. Lovett made five 3-pointers in 10 tries as the Panthers were 12-of-35 shooting from behind the arc. Antonio Daye...

Florida guard Noah Locke (10) celebrates with teammates after the team defeated Providence in an NCAA college basketball game at Barclays Center, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, in New York. Florida won 83-51. (AP Photo/Michael Owens)

Johnson scores 19, leads Florida over Providence 83-51

Dec. 17, 2019 10:45 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — For the better part of two hours, Mike White had witnessed the kind of outclassing that makes coaches rethink their career paths. And when it was over, he was sheepish. Borderline speechless, really. Not because he was embarrassed by his team’s performance. Rather, he was proud of...