Gators too much for Cardinals

Billy Donovan out on the wing (Photo by Ron Irby)
Billy Donovan out on the wing (Photo by Ron Irby)

By Chris McManes

GAINESVILLE, FLA. – If there was any doubt that the University of Florida would be an offensive force this year, it was quickly erased.

Kenny Boynton scored 21 points and Bradley Beal 20 to lead six players in double figures in a 114-57 victory over Catholic University at O'Connell Center on Wednesday night.

Mike Rosario, a transfer from Rutgers, tallied 18 points, Erik Murphy had 17, Erving Walker 15, and Patric Young had 10 points and seven rebounds. The Gators made 50 percent of their 3-pointers (20 of 40) and 57.1 percent overall (40 of 70).

Florida salted the exhibition game in the first half by splashing 14 of 24 3-pointers and scoring 37 points off of 15 Cardinal turnovers. Beal totaled 16 points and Rosario 13 as the Gators took a 70-29 lead into halftime.

"They unleashed a fury like none other," CUA Coach Steve Howes said. "That first half was pretty lights out."

Billy Donovan, in his homecoming game, paced the Cardinals with 13 points and Nate Koenig added 10 points and five boards. Andy Roell hit 3 3-pointers in the first half and finished with nine points. Donovan added four rebounds and three assists, and left to an ovation with 32.2 seconds to go.

Freshman Dan Elliot, who started the game, tallied six points, as did Pete Schramm. Shawn Holmes had five assists, two points and four rebounds.

Florida hit three 3-pointers in the opening five minutes to assume a 14-5 lead. Roell hit his second trey and Donovan followed with a steal and layup to cut the advantage to 14-10. Donovan also assisted on Roell's first triple.

The Gators responded with a 14-2 run to lead 28-12 with 9:57 to go before halftime. Florida had three fastbreak slam dunks and two treys during the onslaught, and forced a 10-second violation.

"This is probably the best I've ever seen one of my dad's teams shoot," Donovan said. "It was pretty neat working out with them in the summer."

Estrada had five points in the first period, and Donovan tallied four points and three assists.

For a photo gallery from Thursday's game, click here.

Chris McManes is a former Cardinal sports information director.

Photo by Ron Irby