NCAAB Game Recap - Long Beach State at Florida
Sat Dec 28, 2019 12:00 PM EST

Lou
70
KY
78
F(OT)
Brown
50
Duke
75
F
NOrl
55
Mem
97
F
ULMo
36
Butl
67
F
CAPoly
57
SDSU
73
F
N AL
71
FlaSt
88
F
(N/A)
46
MorSt
102
F
YSU
83
IUPUI
73
F
Piedm
47
WCU
108
F
CenMI
62
Purd
97
F
Amer
60
GTown
80
F
LongB
63
Fla
102
F
(N/A)
53
Mercer
104
F
WIMil
64
NoKY
74
F
StPet
67
Hamp
70
F
Wisc
68
Tenn
48
F
Buck
59
LaSal
71
F
CenAR
54
Marq
106
F
Toled
66
Brad
78
F
(N/A)
49
UAB
82
F
WIGB
84
WriSt
90
F
NE
61
Tows
45
F
Charl
76
Drex
65
F
Maris
54
Colum
69
F
E MI
49
UNLV
64
F
TXSo
81
AzSt
98
F
PaulQ
62
SFA
94
F
Detr
69
Oakl
78
F
E OR
61
UtSt
129
F
(N/A)
64
TexSA
99
F
Fairf
66
Merrim
54
F
Longw
65
GrgWas
78
F
E WA
79
Web
77
F
(N/A)
62
ColSt
87
F
Mobil
47
SthAL
76
F
FlInt
62
Minn
89
F
Hof
82
JMU
76
F
E KY
74
ECU
82
F
Clev
66
IL-C
71
F
(N/A)
84
LongI
125
F
(N/A)
73
ArkSt
84
F
CS-Ful
77
UCLA
74
F
(N/A)
65
UtVal
80
F
CarBi
56
JacSt
120
F
(N/A)
34
UNCG
106
F
N CO
65
PorSt
69
F
(N/A)
52
ChaSo
108
F
(N/A)
54
Crei
91
F
(N/A)
68
Wyo
82
F
Sac
51
MTSt
66
F
CSNor
72
Bois
103
F
TxWes
64
N TX
102
F
Niag
57
Syr
71
F
UNCW
68
Del
82
F
Belm
79
W Ky
62
F
Seatt
58
StMar
84
F
CmbTN
46
Murr
81
F
Pepp
68
SJSU
83
F
UCRiv
60
Fres
57
F
NoAZ
72
Mont
79
F
Ida
60
IdaSt
62
F
Oral
73
BYU
79
F
Morg
74
LoyMa
71
F
(N/A)
75
CBap
92
F
Pacif
56
UCIrv
69
F

Dec 28, 2019, 12:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Long Beach State (4-11)

31

32

63

Florida (8-4)

59

43

102

Florida handles Long Beach State 102-63 in pre-SEC tuneup
Sat Dec 28, 2019 3:10 PM

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida may have found a turning point in its up-and-down season.

Kerry Blackshear Jr. and Keyontae Johnson scored 21 points apiece and the Gators overwhelmed Long Beach State 102-63 on Saturday in their final tuneup before Southeastern Conference play.

Noah Locke chipped in 16 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double. Freshman Omar Payne, starting in place of Scottie Lewis (concussion), also nearly accomplished the feat. He finished with 11 points and nine boards.

"I think this game will really boost our confidence," Payne said. "We can see how good we are when we move the ball."

The Gators (8-4) scored the first 14 points, led by as many as 30 in the opening half and went ahead by 44 with 8 minutes remaining. They coasted from there, filling up the stat sheet down the stretch.

Andrew Nembhard finished with a career-high 13 assists and just one turnover. Freshmen Ques Glover (11 points) and Tre Mann (10) also reached double figures.

"Moving the ball worked well for us, getting everybody involved," Locke said. "A lot of people were in double digits scoring, everybody getting touches. Once somebody sees somebody else made a shot, it gives everybody else confidence to make shots. I felt like it was good in that regard."

The Gators surely needed a confidence boost following losses to Butler and Utah State in recent weeks. Although coach Mike White has seen growth with his young team that features five freshmen and four sophomores, he's been waiting for an offensive breakthrough.

Florida topped 100 points for the first time in more than two years. It was a good sign for a team that opened the season ranked No. 6, lost a couple games early and then completely revamped its offense.

"Sometimes the gaining of confidence can be two steps forward, one step back, especially as you go into league play," White said. "We definitely got better today. Hopefully a couple of these young guys can grow from this moving forward."

White tweaked his scheme following early season losses to Florida State and UConn. He used a couple of recent extended breaks - one for final exams, another for Christmas - to hone the overhaul.

It's hard to tell how much those were a factor against Long Beach State, which has now lost 10 games by double digits.

The Beach (4-11) lost for the seventh time in eight games and seemed overmatched from the opening tip, no surprise given it was a 9 a.m. start on their body clocks. Florida shot 53 percent from the field, made 12 of 30 shots from 3-point range and notched season highs in treys and assists (19).

Chance Hunter led the Beach with 20 points on 8-of-18 shooting. Colin Slater and Michael Carter III added 10 each.

BIG PICTURE

Long Beach State: The Beach was picked to finish sixth in the Big West and might have better luck in conference play. But it's been mostly overmatched against bigger programs like Stanford, Arizona, Wake Forest and now Florida.

Florida: The Gators are still trying to figure out their revamped offense and will get a much better feel for how they stack up when the SEC schedule begins next week.

UP NEXT

Long Beach State: Hosts Cal State Los Angeles next Saturday, the team's final tuneup before beginning play in the Big West.

Florida: Opens SEC play next Saturday at home against Alabama.

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Leaders

Long Beach State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
B. Jackson 0 0 0 0 1 0
T. Irish 0 0 0 0 0 0
Florida PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
G. Gak 0 0 0 1 0 0
K. Blackshear Jr. 21 0 1 8 0 0

Team Comparison

LongB Fla
Points For 63 102
Field Goals 22/59-37% 37/70-53%
Three Pointers 6/17-35% 12/30-40%
Free Throws 13/19-68% 16/29-55%
Offensive Rebounds 7 16
Defensive Rebounds 24 33
Rebounds 33 53
Blocks 0 2
Steals 4 10
Turnovers 17 10
Personal Fouls 23 20
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Fla Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Dec 28 LongB 63 @ Fla 102 J. Roberts 2 D. Bassett 2

Game Information

Stadium: Stephen C. O'Connell Center, Gainesville, Florida
Attendance: 9,067
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