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Murphy helps Florida roll past Wisconsin
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On November 14, 2012 @ 10:00 pm In All,Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by David Jones, USA TODAY Sports
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Erik Murphy wasn’t feeling well earlier in the week and missed some practice time.
Then the Florida senior forward went out and made Wisconsin ill — shooting a sick 10-of-10 from the field and making both of his free throws while matching his career-high with 24 points. The senior became just the fourth player in Gators’ history to go perfect from the floor with double digit attempts — the others being Joakim Noah, David Lee and Randall Leath.
Murphy also pulled down eight boards in No. 10 Florida’s 74-56 win Wednesday night against the Badgers, the No. 20 team in the coaches’ poll.
At the same time, Wisconsin missed its first eight shots from the field as Florida went out to a 9-0 lead.
In a key early run, Murphy scored seven in a row for the Gators and Mike Rosario, who totaled 15 points, had a bucket inside for an 18-6 lead midway through the first half. The Badgers got going with an 10-0 run that cut the deficit to 21-19 on George Marshall’s 15-footer.
But Murphy, who had 13 of Florida’s first 25 points, then hit a jumper and got a basket in the lane while Michael Frazier’s second three of the game finished off a 7-0 run expand the lead back to 28-19.
Wisconsin got it back to a six-point game before the Gators launched a 9-3 run to match their biggest lead of the game at that point at 37-25 with 4:12 left in the first half on a basket by Will Yeguete (nine points, seven rebounds).
Kenny Boynton, who finished with 10 points and six assists, hit a 3-pointer and was fouled on the shot, completing a rare four-point play to make it 43-30 with 3:01 left.
Florida made 18 of its first 22 shots from the field — an incredible accomplishment against a Bo Ryan-coached team. His Wisconsin teams led the nation in scoring defense twice in the last five seasons and the Big Ten in seven of the last 10 years. The Badgers allowed an average of 53.2 points a game in 2011-12 and the Gators almost … [For more on Murphy helps No. 10 Florida roll past No. 20 Wisconsin, click here.]
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