GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Former Chestatee star Parker Smith led North Florida in a losing effort at Florida on Thursday. The junior scored 17 points and grabbed two rebounds, but the No. 7 Gators bounced back from a loss at Ohio State to win, 91-55.
Kenny Boynton scored 20 points and Erving Walker added 17 for the Gators.
Freshman Bradley Beal chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Gators (2-1), who won their eighth consecutive home game — and this one was completely one sided from the opening tip.
Florida built a double-digit lead in the first eight minutes, opened a 17-point cushion by halftime and pulled ahead 70-34 on Mike Rosario's 3-pointer from the corner midway through the second half. Florida coasted from there, turning to the bench for the final minutes.
The only blemish for Florida was free-throw shooting. The Gators finished 16 of 29 from the charity stripe, the second consecutive game filled with misses for coach Billy Donovan's team.