GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Al Horford and the undefeated Florida
Gators pushed aside overmatched Bethune-Cookman with a total team
Horford scored 17 points on 8-for-8 shooting, Florida (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today; No. 10 AP)
shot an O'Connell Center-record 67.3 percent and finished with a
season-high 27 assists in its 88-58 victory over Bethune-Cookman on
"Everyone wants to share the ball and make the extra pass,"
Horford said. "That's something a lot of teams don't have, but
it's the only way we know how to play."
"We took the unselfishness to an extreme," Florida coach Billy
Donovan said. "But I'd rather see a team be too unselfish than too
selfish. This is a team I like coaching because it plays the way I
like to see us play."
Antonio Webb led Bethune-Cookman (3-5) with 19 points, and
Michael Williams added 18. Webb, the Wildcats top scorer for the
season, was limited to two field goals in the first half before
scoring 13 points in the second half.
"It could have been worse, but I wish it would have been a
whole lot better," Wildcats coach Clifford Reed said. "Florida is
a young, but really talented team."
Florida, unranked at the start of the season, is 9-0 for the
second time in school history. If the Gators beat Jacksonville at
home on Dec. 18, they will match the best start in school history
set in 1951-52.
Florida shot 71 percent in the opening half, had assists on 16
of its 20 baskets and took control in the first 4 minutes with a
13-2 run that forced Bethune-Cookman into a 30-second timeout.
Bethune-Cookman scored the next four points before the Gators went
on a 13-4 spurt to make it 26-10.
Leading 28-18, Florida got back-to-back 3-pointers from Walter
Hodge and Lee Humphrey to start a 16-4 streak. The Gators led 48-26
at the half, and Horford hit all five of his shots against the
small Bethune-Cookman front line.
Bethune-Cookman lost to Florida for the sixth time in six
meetings, with the Gators winning by an average of 25 points.