By Dory LeBlanc
After missing its first eight shots from behind the arc, Florida went on to hand Texas A & M a thorough floggin - 69-36 - even without being at full strength.
Casey Prather, who suffered a sprained ankle against Mississippi State Thursday, started the game on the bench and contributed just seven points, failing to reach double digits for the first time this capaign.
Former Plant High standout, Michael Frazier II, led the Gators in scoring, netting 21 points, despite making only three of his 11 three-point attempts. Dorian Finney-Smith also struggled hitting treys - missing all four shots attempted, but still ended the contest with 11 points and nine boards off the bench.
Celebrating his 22nd birthday, Patric Young had a season-high 14 rebounds - his first double-digit rebounding performance of the season, and his nine points put him one away from hitting a double-double. Young also threwdown the nastiest dunk of 2013-24 so far when he putback Kasey Hill's missed layup - soaring over two Aggies to send the crowd at the O'Connell Center into a frenzy and make ESPN's SportsCenter Top 10 (see video below).
Hill had only four points, but contributed two assists, two turnovers and two steals as he is steadily evolving into a complete player.
Scottie Wilbekin added a quiet eight points and Will Yeguette five, but Yeguette snatched 10 rebounds - seven offensive - as Florida out-rebounded Texas A & M 57-27.
The Gators also outshot the Aggies field goals, 23-of-46 (41.1%) to 14-of-54 (29.9%), and free thows, 18-of-29 (62.1%) to 4-of-9 (44.4%), but finished even in three-point scoring 5-for-25 to 4-for-20 (20%).
Next Up: Florida will host Missouri Tuesday night, in what should be Chris Walker's debut, at 9:00pm, with coverage beginning at 8:25pm on 620 am / 95.3 fm.