Michael Frazier II
When Florida coach Billy Donovan walked into the postgame interview room shortly past midnight, he was not in a particularly good mood.
The Miami Hurricanes basketball team has gotten its season off to a rousing start.
Florida may have suffered a major setback while extending the country’s third-longest home winning streak.
Dorian Finney-Smith scored 15 points, Michael Frazier II added 12 and No. 7 Florida opened the season with a 68-45 victory over William & Mary on Friday night.
Scottie Wilbekin sat hunched in his locker, his eyes red, his voice hush and his legs still cramping.
Top-seeded seeded Florida played with a lot more energy and intensity this time around.
The Great Danes made 10 of their first 15 shots, swapped the lead back and forth early and even had the Gators reeling late.
Top-ranked Florida capped a perfect run through the Southeastern Conference when Kentucky failed to get off a shot on its final possession, allowing the Gators to escape with a 61-60 victory in the league championship game Sunday.
Dorian Finney-Smith scored 16 points, and top-ranked Florida used a season-high 13 3-pointers to overwhelm LSU 79-61 Saturday and extend its school-record winning streak to 21 games.
Patric Young has a message for anyone who believes Florida’s success this season has to do with playing in a two-team Southeastern Conference.