Florida hits 16 3s to cruise to NIT 2nd round

White announces Egbunu done for season.

 

JACKSONVILLE — Dorian Finney-Smith had 15 points, nine rebounds and four steals, and Florida built a 22-point halftime lead to cruise past North Florida 97-68 on Tuesday night to advance to the second round of the NIT.

John Egbunu capped Florida's big first half with his 68th dunk of the season to set a program single-season record.

Florida made 12 of 19 3-pointers in the first half to help build a 57-25 lead. Finney-Smith, KeVaughn Allen and Kasey Hill each scored 12 in the half and the trio combined for 8 of 13 from 3-point range.

North Florida, the nation's top 3-point shooting team with 402 made entering the game, was just 4 of 15 in the first half.

The Ospreys hit five 3s in the opening five minutes of the second half but still trailed by 26.

All five starters for Florida (20-14) scored in double figures. Egbunu finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds, and the Gators made 16 3s.

Dallas Moore had 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists for North Florida (22-12).

The game was played at North Florida because of a $65 million renovation to Florida's O'Connell Center.

Florida head coach Mike White said after the game that center John Egbunu is done for the season and will have surgery on his thumb Thursday.

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