UF Beats ETSU To Advance

University of Florida took care of business in the second half and defeated ETSU by the final score of 80-65.

Action picked up quickly in the first half, as UF got on to a great start with a couple of steals in transition and some highlight dunks in the process. It looked as if they were going to run away with the game until ETSU kicked it to high gear.

ETSU was rolling midway through the half when they got the game tied at one point during the half and got the lead down to one at the half. The score was 33-32 at the half.

In the second half, UF took control in the early going and had a lead of 16 points toward the end of the game and that’s what sealed the deal.

“This team’s had a rough go at it the last ten days or so,” said UF Coach Mike White. “Been through a bunch. And then going back to — at some point, I know we’ll stop talking about John Egbunu, but a couple weeks before then, you’ve got the unbelievable misfortune, obviously, with John. This team, the last three, four weeks has gone through a lot.”

The star of the show for UF was clearly Devin Robinson. Robinson put on a dunk fest throughout the game and was contributing on the defensive side of the ball. He had 24 points and seven rebounds and also shot 10-17 from the field. Robinson talks about getting off to a quick start that led to his all-around performance after the game.

“Yeah, that got me going real early,” Robinson said. “My team, we were just trying to play defense, and I just tried to beat everybody down the court. Transition defense is one of their emphases and what they need to work on. So I just try to run as hard and play as hard as I can, and my teammates found me when I did.”

In fact, Coach White really appreciated the effort of Robinson on both ends of the floor tonight and he had this to say about it after the game.

“I thought he started the game by — he said it already, just we’ve challenged him all year, and he’s challenged himself to get out in transition, to really run. When he wants to, he runs like a deer. When he’s in space, he’s got the ability to get his feet set and make jumpers, and he can really straight-line-drive it, of course. He can take off before physicality and explode to the rim, he usually finishes or draws fouls. He’s a really talented guy.” White said.

Other noticeable performers were Kasey Hill, who had 14 points, 5 assists and six rebounds as well as Chris Chiozza who also had 14 points as well.

UF will get ready to face UVA on Saturday March 18 in the Round of 32 of the NCAA tournament.

 

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Anthony Abruzzo is a sports writer that covers the UCF Men's Basketball team. He is currently a student at UCF as well.