SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Will Yeguete led a strong rebounding effort Saturday by the 16th-ranked Florida Gators, who pulled away in the second half to beat Fresno State 66-49 in the Orange Bowl Classic.
Yeguete had five offensive rebounds and a season-high 10 total for the Gators, who had a 47-24 advantage on the boards, by far their largest this season. Florida won easily despite shooting only 42 percent.
Casey Prather scored 16 points for the Gators (9-2), who won away from Gainesville for the third time this season. Prather was voted the game’s most valuable player.
Scottie Wilbekin added 11 points and Yeguete nine. Patric Young had eight points and nine rebounds.
Fresno State (6-6) lost its third game in a row and fell to 1-5 away from home.
In the first game of the doubleheader, No. 22 Massachusetts lost to Florida State 60-55.
The Gators shot 29 percent in the first half and 58 percent in the second half. They went 1 for 13 from 3-point range in the opening half and still led 23-19.
Michael Frazier II, Wilbekin and Kasey Hill each sank a 3-pointer as Florida outscored Fresno State 15-4 to start the second half and open up a 15-point lead. A basket by Yeguete made it 55-35, and the margin reached 26 with 2:40 left.
Cezar Guerrero had 17 points for Fresno State. Paul Watson and Marvelle Harris added 10 each, but the Bulldogs’ bench totaled only four points.
Fresno State shot just 32 percent, including 4 for 17 from 3-point range.