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Defense propels win in season opener

Defense propels win in season opener

The Gators didn't waste time putting their second attempt at a season opener out of reach. Florida put together multiple scoring runs in the first half, but it was the defense that stole headlines and changed records. The Gators allowed just nine first-half points, their fewest ever allowed in a half in the shot clock era while cruising to an 84-35 win over Alabama State.

"We've tried to really make an emphasis on being better defensively," Billy Donovan said after the Gators won their 22nd straight home opener. "Our guys are committed to at least working at it and trying to get better at it. They missed a lot of shots, but the shots we forced them to take was impressive to me from the bench. They were taking tough, challenged twos, and they didn't make those...

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