GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Bradley Beal broke out of his shooting slump with 17 points to lead No. 19 Florida to its 15th straight home win, 70-48 over Georgia on Tuesday night.
Beal was 4 of 6 from 3-poing range, making more shots from behind the arc than he did in the last four games combined, and added 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.
Kenny Boynton also scored 17 points for the Gators (13-4, 1-1 Southeastern Conference).
Georgia (9-7, 0-2) lost to Florida for the 15th time in the last 17 meetings. The Bulldogs have dropped 10 in a row in Gainesville.
Nemanja Djurisic led Georgia with 14 points. Gerald Robinson Jr. added eight points, six rebounds and five assists.
Beal had been cold the last four games, making 30 percent of his shots and going 2 of 16 from 3-point range. Coach Billy Donovan pinned his problems on the ups and downs of being a freshman.
Donovan wanted Beal to stay confident and not let missed shots affect other parts of his game. The 6-foot-3 guard had no problems against the Bulldogs (9-7, 0-2).
Beal hit two 3s to spark a 10-2 run early that gave Florida a double-digit lead, 30-13.
It was a much better start than the Gators endured in recent losses at Rutgers and at Tennessee.
Florida was downright dreadful in a 67-56 loss against the Volunteers to open conference play Saturday. The Gators scored a season low and allowed the Vols to shoot 51 percent from the field.
Donovan responded by putting his team through two grueling practices Sunday, workouts that included covers on both rims that forced players to focus on rebounding, boxing out and playing defense.
The result showed on the court against Georgia. The Gators held the Bulldogs to 36.4 percent shooting.
Florida dominated every aspect of the game.
The Gators made 12 of their first 22 shots, got every loose ball and opened up a 20-point lead late in the first half.
Georgia trailed 56-35 midway through the second half, but used an 8-0 run to slice into the deficit. Donovan pleaded with his team to guard the 3-point line, hoping to nix the easiest means to making a comeback.
Florida pulled away from there.
Another big problem for Georgia was at the free throw line, where the Bulldogs went 8 for 9.