News 12 @ 6 Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Chandler Parsons came off the bench to
hit his first six shots and finish with 18 points, helping Florida
bounce back from a pair of blowout losses with a 77-67 victory over
Taking up the slack with the Gators' top offensive players --
Nick Calathes and Marreese Speights -- struggling, Parsons went
6-for-9 and was the main reason Florida (19-5, 6-3 Southeastern
Conference) outscored Georgia's reserves 27-0 today.
Walter Hodge scored 14 and Jai Lucas added 11 for the Gators,
who broke the game open during a 15-2 run in which Calathes, a
freshman averaging 15.7 points, and Speights, scoring nearly 20 in
his previous five games, finally made a contribution on the
Speights delivered baskets on successive possessions to give
Florida a 63-53 lead. Calathes made his first field goal -- a long
3-pointer -- to finish the decisive surge that put the Gators up
68-53 with 8:19 to go.
Georgia (11-10, 2-6) played without second-leading scorer Billy
Humphrey, who is serving a three-game suspension after being
arrested for underage drinking. He was replaced by freshman guard
Zac Swansey, who had 4 points on 2-for-5 shooting in his first
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