National Basketball Association
Florida 84, Vanderbilt 66
When: 8:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 15, 2020
Where: Billy Donovan Court at Exactech Arena, Gainesville, Florida
# Tony Greene, # R.B. Clyburn, # Wesley Ford
Noah Locke buried a season-best six 3-pointers while scoring 19 points to help Florida roll to an 84-66 win over Vanderbilt in Southeastern Conference play on Saturday night on newly named Billy Donovan Court in Gainesville, Fla.
Kerry Blackshear Jr. added 15 points as the Gators (16-9, 8-4 SEC) won for the fourth time in the past five games. Keyontae Johnson had 11 points, six rebounds and three steals for Florida, which never trailed.
Saben Lee had 23 points and seven rebounds for the Commodores (9-16, 1-11), which lost for the 12th time in the past 13 games. Scotty Pippen Jr., the son of former NBA star Scottie Pippen, added 12 points and six assists, and Maxwell Evans tallied 10 points.
At halftime, Florida honored former coach Donovan in the court-naming ceremony. Donovan won national championships in 2006 and 2007 during 19 seasons with the Gators before leaving after the 2014-15 season to become coach of the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder.
The current Florida players were 10 of 20 from 3-point range while shooting 51.9 percent overall.
Vanderbilt shot 38.8 percent from the field, including 8 of 17 from 3-point range, and committed 19 turnovers. Coach Jerry Stackhouse was ejected late in the first half, and associate coach David Grace ran the club in the second half.
Locke scored 13 first-half points as the Gators led 48-19 at the break.
Vanderbilt went 8:09 between field goals while falling behind by eight points over the first nine minutes. Florida picked up the pace past the midway point of the half with a 17-2 burst, ending with a 3-pointer by Locke to make it 34-13 with 4:56 left.
Locke drained another 3-pointer to make it 41-16 with 1:22 remaining.
Vanderbilt's Matthew Moyer went up for a shot late in the half and it was blocked by Lewis. Moyer fell to the court in pain holding his left shoulder with 22.6 seconds left and Stackhouse went ballistic. The first-year coach picked up one technical and then a second one and the automatic ejection while stalking the court and yelling at the officials.
Lewis made all four of the technical shots and Tre Mann buried a 3-pointer with 3.2 seconds left as Florida took the 29-point lead into the locker room.
The Gators continued to lead comfortably the entire second half. The lead reached a game-high 32 for the first time on Ques Glover's jumper to make it 66-34 with 10:33 remaining.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Saben Lee 23
Noah Locke 19
Scotty Pippen Jr. 6
Kerry Blackshear Jr. 5
Saben Lee 7
Keyontae Johnson 6
Saben Lee 10
||Free Throws Made
Kerry Blackshear Jr. 6
Braelee Albert 1
Keyontae Johnson 3
Saben Lee 1
Omar Payne 3
Team Stats Summary