First-half Gator avalanche buries Vanderbilt

Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 12:55pm

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida raced to an early 36-9 lead and rolled to an 86-64 victory over 14th-ranked Vanderbilt on Sunday at the O'Connell Center.

The Commodores made only two of their first 15 shots. Their top offensive player, senior Shan Foster, had no points in the first half and finished with seven.

Florida reeled off a 30-3 run in the first half, stretching a 4-3 lead to 34-6. Five different Gators canned four 3-pointers in the spurt while the Commodores went nearly six minutes without a field goal.

In one flurry, Florida out-scored Vanderbilt 23-0.

"Thirty-six to nine, that’s unheard of," Vanderbilt guard Alex Gordon said. "Being on this team, you always think you have a chance to come back. But coming out to start the second half, we didn’t do what we said we were going to do. We just came out and basically did the same thing."

Florida led by no less than 15 points the rest of the game.

"Obviously we got overhwlemed in the first 12 minutes of the game and were never able to recover," VU coach Kevin Stallings said. "We just weren’t as emotionally ready to play as they were. They were faster to the ball and the more physical and the more aggressive team. That’s a sure recipe for defeat on the road if you get out-quicked and out-aggressed."

Gordon led Vanderbilt (17-3, 2-3 SEC) with 13 points. Walter Hodge led Florida (18-3, 5-1) with 19, while Nick Calathes added 15 points and 10 assists.

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By: courier37027 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Stallings' job is safe, so we can expect a mediocre season. Only when firing and Stallings are mentioned in the same sentecne, does he get the most from his players.