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No. 8 Florida routs Jackson State by 40

Gainesville, FL (Sports Network) - Kenny Boynton and Mike Rosario both scored 19 points, and No. 8 Florida opened the 2011-12 season with a resounding 99-59 victory over Jackson State on Friday.

Freshman Bradley Beal, the 2011 Gatorade National Player of the Year, posted 14 points for Florida (1-0).

The Gators finished 29-8 last season and claimed their third outright SEC regular season title in school history. Florida fell one victory shy of the Final Four, losing to Butler in overtime in the Southeast Regional final.

Jenirro Bush totaled a game-high 20 points on 6-of-9 shooting from three-point range for the Tigers (0-1), who are coming off a 17-15 season that ended with an overtime loss to Grambling State in the semifinals of the SWAC Tournament.

The Gators scored 18 of the game's first 21 points, then used a 23-0 run -- capped by a Rosario three-pointer -- to go up 41-8 with just under nine minutes remaining in the first half.

Florida led 59-23 at the break and continued to play at a high pace, opening the second half with a 15-0 surge. The outcome was never in doubt as the Gators won their 21st straight season opener -- 16th under head coach Billy Donovan.

"It was encouraging to see our guys come out of the locker room with a lead and handle it," Donovan said.

Game Notes

Patric Young recorded 12 points and 10 rebounds in the win...The Gators scored 37 points off 24 Jackson State turnovers...Florida shot 51.3 percent and made 13-of-30 three-pointers...The Tigers were 16-of-47 from the floor...Florida won its only previous meeting with Jackson State by a 112-69 final in the first round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament...The Gators are 5-0 all-time against SWAC teams.

11/12 02:07:42 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
12:05pm Today
NOR
DUR
 
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
Final
NYM 4
ATL 3
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
Final
PIT 2
MIL 3
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
Final
TAM 1
NYY 5
Final
KAN 3
MIN 8
Final
CHC 2
CIN 8
Final
TEX 2
CWS 16
Final
OAK 4
HOU 1
Final
LOS 4
ARI 1
Final
COL 9
PHI 10
Final
SDP 3
SFG 4
Final
BOS 6
BAL 5
11:05am Today
BOS
BAL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
CIN
 
7:05pm Tonight
CLE
KAN
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
ANA
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CWS
 
7:10pm Tonight
ATL
MIA
 
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
STL
 
8:05pm Tonight
CHC
ARI
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIL
SDP
 
8:40pm Tonight
COL
SFG
 
10:05pm Tonight
OAK
TEX
 
10:10pm Tonight
SEA
HOU
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
 
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
Final
CHI 93
WAS 102
Final
HOU 120
POR 122
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
MEM
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
GSW
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
Final
BOS 4
DET 1
Final
MON 3
TAM 2
Final
SJS 7
LOS 2
7:00pm Tonight
MIN
COL
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
PIT
8:30pm Tonight
CHI
STL
9:30pm Tonight
DAL
ANA
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
12:05pm Today
NOR
DUR