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Walsh scores 29 as Gators rout B-CC

Matt Walsh is 7-for-7 on 3-pointers in 99-64 win.

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published December 29, 2002

GAINESVILLE -- Matt Walsh did not miss from long range.

Walsh shot 7-for-7 from 3-point range and scored 29 to lead No. 12 Florida over Bethune-Cookman 99-64 on Saturday.

"I felt good coming out," Walsh said. "I was just getting good shots."

Anthony Roberson added 22 points in a reserve role for Florida (10-2), which was coming off a lackluster 74-62 victory over Charleston Southern on Monday.

"I really don't care how Coach uses me," Roberson said. "Whenever Coach puts me in, I know I've got to bring energy and bring my game to another level. I've got the role coming off the bench and I'm loving it right now."

The Gators have won 35 straight home games against non-SECopponents and improved to 28-2 in December over the past three seasons.

"Coming into this game, I was concerned, but we came out with great energy," coach Billy Donovan said. "We shot the ball better from the 3-point line, we pressed a little bit better and I think we got better with our halfcourt defense."

Richard Toussaint had 15 points for Bethune-Cookman (1-5), which lost its fifth straight to Florida. The Wildcats had 26 turnovers.

"They are aggressive," Toussaint said. "They are going to give a lot of opponents trouble."

Walsh scored 17 in the first half as the Gators built a 55-32 lead by the half. Walsh made three consecutive 3s in the opening three minutes of the second half as Florida extended its lead to 64-37.

"The third one, I was feeling it," Walsh said.

Brett Nelson hit a 3 and Roberson added a jumper during a 9-0 run as Florida stretched its lead to 87-51 with seven minutes left.

Walsh scored 11 in a 15-2 run that put Florida ahead 21-8 six minutes into the game. He had two three-point plays, hit a 3-pointer and added a layup.

"We could have given up when we got down early, but we kept battling," Bethune-Cookman coach Clifford Reed said.

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