Kenny Boynton scored 18 of his 26 points in the second half and No. 12 Florida placed four players in double figures in a 90-69 victory over Rider on Friday night in Jacksonville.
The Gators (7-2), second in the nation with 11 three-pointers per game, bettered that mark with 13 threes in 28 attempts. Florida's three starting guards, Boynton, freshman Bradley Beal, and Erving Walker combined to go 12 of 23 shots from three-point range.
Patric Young had 12 points and seven rebounds as the Gators took a 43-26 halftime lead.
Florida turned to its three-point shooting to pull away in the second half. The Gators connected on six of their first seven attempts from beyond the arc to run their lead to 25 points. Boynton had a four-point play on his fifth and final trey of the game.
Jeff Jones had 20 points to lead Rider (1-9).
In the area: Philadelphia University suffered a 67-61 setback to American International (4-5) in the Basketball Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase in Springfield, Mass. Temi Adebayo led the Rams (3-4) with 17 points. . . . In the first game at the Heritage's Dairy Farm Classic in Glassboro, Widener got a 95-82 win over 1-7 Berkeley. Jack Brennan (Sterling) led the offense for the Pride (6-2) with 26 points. Widener advances to the championship round Saturday against Rowan, which defeated 2-7 Penn State-Brandywine, 89-64, in the second game. The Profs (4-4) were led by center Dee Benson (Sterling), who had with a season-high 22 points and 11 rebounds. . . . Jaleel Mack scored a career-high 25 points off the bench, but host Edinboro held on for a 92-86 victory over visiting West Chester (5-4, 2-3) in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference action. The Golden Rams went ice cold from the field down the stretch, hitting just one of nine attempts with three of those blocked by the Fighting Scots.
Connecticut 70, Seton Hall 37 - Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Tiffany Hayes, and Caroline Doty had 15 points apiece to lead the No. 2 Huskies to a rout of the Pirates in the Big East opener for both teams in South Orange, N.J.
Next up for the Huskies is a showdown with No. 1 Baylor on Dec. 18. The nation's top two teams met last season in Hartford and UConn came away with a one-point victory. On Friday, there was no such drama.
The Huskies (9-0) scored the first 20 points, quickly taking the spirited crowd out of the game. UConn hit four three-pointers during the opening burst. Seton Hall's first basket didn't come until its 14th shot with 8 minutes, 27 seconds left in the first half.
DePaul 75, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 65 - Anna Martin and Brittany Hrynko had 15 points apiece, helping the No. 20 Blue Demons dispose of the 4-4 Cougars in Chicago.
Keisha Hampton scored 12 points for the Blue Demons (8-1), who will face No. 7 Tennessee on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
In the area: Cheyney fell, 75-30, to host Gannon (6-0, 5-0) in PSAC action. Cheyney (0-8, 0-5) was led by Nadirah Brown. The senior from Willingboro tallied a team-high 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Wolves. . . . Gettysburg's Alyssa Isler nailed three second-half three-pointers, giving the visiting Bullets (3-5, 2-3 Centennial Conference) a 55-52 comeback win over Swarthmore (4-5, 2-4). . . . Renee Brown had 19 points as Edinboro (7-0, 5-0) held off visiting West Chester (5-2, 3-2) for a 80-76 PSAC victory.