No. 4 Florida thumps South Carolina

  • Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013 12:02 a.m.
Florida guard Mike Rosario (3) laughs in front of the South Carolina bench after scoring a three-point basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Gainesville, Fla., Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

Florida’s latest victory made the previous six seem like nail-biters.

Kenny Boynton and Mike Rosario scored 15 points apiece and No. 4 Florida dominated another Southeastern Conference opponent, drubbing South Carolina, 75-36, on Wednesday night.

“It’s fun,” guard Scottie Wilbekin said. “It’s working out great for us, and we’re just going to keep playing. And if that’s the outcome, we’re happy with that.”

The Gators, who won their ninth game in a row, led 33-10 at halftime and made their first five shots after the break. They opened a 31-point lead that seemingly couldn’t get any more lopsided.

Then it did.

Florida (17-2, 7-0 SEC) pulled ahead 55-15 on Wilbekin’s floater in the lane with 12:32 remaining, sending the happy home crowd to the exits even earlier than usual this season.

The Gamecocks (12-8, 2-5), meanwhile, seemed dazed on the floor and the bench. It was the program’s fewest points in a conference game. The previous low was 40 against Kentucky in 1999.

“They did the same thing they’ve done to every opponent this year,” South Carolina coach Frank Martin said. “They’re rock solid; they’re sound.”

Michael Carrera led USC with 13 points and nine rebounds. None of his teammates reached double figures.

“It was a great defensive job as a team for us,” Boynton said. “Honestly, we’re not surprised.”

The Gators have enjoyed seven blowouts in as many conference games. They won the first six by an average of 26.5 points. They had that covered early in the second half.

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