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Gators ride 30-8 run to halftime

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Taurean and Sidney Green certainly know
how to define mixed emotions.

Freshman point guard Taurean Green sparked Florida (No. 22 ESPN/USA Today, No. 23 AP) to a
90-45 victory Tuesday night over Florida Atlantic, the team coached
by his father, a former NBA forward.

"It was weird seeing him over there during free throws and
timeouts," the younger Green said of his father. "Other than
that, it was like a regular game."

Taurean had eight points, five assists and zero turnovers in the
first half as the Gators (2-0) went on two 15-0 runs and a 15-2
spurt before halftime, quickly putting away their home opener. Matt
Walsh finished with 21 points for Florida.

"I'm very proud of my son," Sidney said. "I love my son like
any other parent, any other dad would love their kid.

"I want what's best for him, and that's why he's here. A great
coach, a great system, a bunch of great players on this team and he
played very well."

Florida coach Billy Donovan said the younger Green did well
despite being placed in the awkward position of trying to beat his
father's team.

"I liken it to someone who leaves their home state and goes
back home to play their state school," Donovan said. "Those are
tough things.

"He handled it pretty well. He played very well right away. We
were being pressed and trapped all over the floor, and he had no
turnovers in the first half."

Taurean Green went to work right after entering with 15:20 left
in the first half, sinking a 3-pointer and making a perfect pass
for a layup in transition. He finished with eight assists, as many
as any returning Florida player had in any game last year.

Florida scored the first nine points, led 45-19 at halftime and
kept pulling away. The Gators flourished despite getting little
from leading returning scorer Anthony Roberson, who had two points
and three turnovers in 18 minutes, five fewer than Green, his
backup.

"I don't know if our defense has ever been like that," Walsh
said. "We never let up. It is fun when you go out there and play
like that."

Donovan wasn't worried about Roberson.

"The great thing is a guy like Anthony Roberson goes 1-for-7
tonight, and we still scored 90 points," Donovan said.

Freshman Joakim Noah scored all 11 of his points in the second
half and grabbed nine rebounds, showing no effects of the
mononucleosis that kept him out of Florida's season opener against
Jacksonville. David Lee and Chris Richard also scored 11.

Florida Atlantic (0-2) made the NCAA tournament in Sidney
Green's third year but has won fewer than 10 games in each of his
other four seasons. The Owls are off to another slow start this
year, losing their opener to Florida International before running
into Florida.

At least the Owls kept it closer than their only previous
meeting with the Gators, a 100-42 loss in 2000 that was the
fifth-largest in Florida history.

Robert Williams led Florida Atlantic with 10 points, but forward
Mike Bell and guard Quinton Young, the Owls' two primary scoring
options, combined to shoot 4-for-22 from the floor.