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January 10, 2013

Short-handed Georgia thumped at No. 11 Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Things got so ugly so quickly that Georgia had used three of its five timeouts midway through the first half.

And none of them helped.

Mike Rosario scored 19 points, Erik Murphy added 11 despite playing with a broken rib and No. 11 Florida opened league play with a 77-44 victory over the short-handed Bulldogs on Wednesday night.

Georgia fell behind 11-0 in the first 6 minutes and never recovered.

"Florida just overwhelmed us," Bulldogs coach Mark Fox said. "We started out in a hole, and the environment overwhelmed a couple of our kids and so did Florida's defense."

The Gators improved to 12-5 in league openers under coach Billy Donovan, including 7-0 at home. They also extended their recent dominance against the Bulldogs, winning for 16th time in the last 19 meetings.

The latest one was no big surprise since the Gators (11-2) have played well most of the season while Georgia (6-8) has struggled against just about everyone on its schedule.

The Bulldogs, though, had won four in a row after losing six of seven. Georgia shot 39 percent, turned the ball over 19 times and fell to 0-3 against ranked teams this season.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, the team's lone bright spot this season, led the Bulldogs with 11 points. Junior forward Donte' Williams and freshman guard Kenny Gaines did not make the trip because they were suspended for violating team rules.

"We were a little short," Fox said.

The Gators were thin, too. But it hardly showed.

Florida shot 52.7 percent from the field and made 12 of 26 shots from 3-point range.

Rosario was 6-of-10 shooting and perfect from the free-throw line.

Murphy's night was even more impressive.

Donovan called Murphy "doubtful" Monday because a broken rib under his right arm. Murphy went through the shoot-around Wednesday and felt good enough to play with a protective pad around his rib cage. He shot 3 of 6 from 3-point range.

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