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No. 16 Florida handles Middle Tennessee, 79-59

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MARK LONG | November 21, 2013 10:09 PM EST | AP


GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Patric Young scored 16 points, one of six Florida players in double figures, and the No. 16 Gators beat Middle Tennessee 79-59 Thursday night.

The Gators won their 19th consecutive game at home, this one thanks to a dominant start to the second half.

Florida (4-1) came out of the locker room and outscored the Blue Raiders 18-6 over the first 5½ minutes. DeVon Walker got the run started with a 3-pointer, and then the Gators went inside.

Young had a dunk, and Jacob Kurtz and Dorian Finney-Smith followed with three-point plays. Leading scorer Casey Prather, who played just 4 minutes in the first half because of foul trouble, made two free throws and also added a three-point play. In between, he found Michael Frazier II on the break for a layup.

Florida used the spurt to turn a single-digit lead into a 20-point game, and coach Billy Donovan's team coasted from there.