It wasn’t pretty but the #8 Florida Gators kept their perfect season alive against the New Hampshire Wildcats. The Florida Gators really struggled shooting the basketball as the Wildcats were on fire especially throw the three-point line. New Hampshire’s Tanner Leissner was leading the Wildcats into a potential upset. The Virginia Tech transfer Jalen Hudson was huge for the Gators as he led both teams in scoring and got to the free throw line constantly. A little scare for the 8th ranked Florida Gators early in the season.
New Hampshire Wildcats
The New Hampshire Wildcats starting lineup against the #8 Florida Gators featured Elijah Jordan at point guard, Jordan Reed at shooting guard, Jacoby Armstrong at small forward, Iba Camara at power forward and Tanner Leissner at center. The big man Tanner Leissner was New Hampshire’s main man in the contest. Leissner led the Wildcats in scoring with 23 points and five rebounds in the game. Elijah Jordan dropped 12 points with three rebounds and two assists. The Wildcats also had some productivity from the bench as guard John Ogwuche dropped 9 points as he went 3-3 from the three-point line. It was a terrific effort from the Wildcats but it just wasn’t enough for the 8th ranked Florida Gators.
#8 Florida Gators
The 8th ranked Florida Gators starting lineup against the New Hampshire Wildcats featured Chris Chiozza at point guard, KeVaughn Allen at shooting guard, Egor Koulechov at small forward, Keith Stone at power forward and Kevarrius Hayes as the man in the middle. The Florida starting five didn’t play like their usual selves as they had a hard time putting the ball in the hoop. Florida only shot 32.1% from the field and 16.7% from the three-point line. Egor Koulechov dropped 14 points with 10 rebounds for a double-double but Jalen Hudson led the Gators to victory. Hudson dropped 26 points with seven rebounds and went 11-12 from the free throw line. Chris Chiozza also dropped 12 points with six rebound.
The 8th ranked Florida Gators will take some much needed days off until there next game. On Thanksgiving, the Florida Gators will take on the Stanford Cardinals. Stanford is 3-1 on the year with wins against Cal Poly, Northeastern and Pacific but a loss against Eastern Washington. You can watch the Florida-Stanford game on Thanksgiving night at 10pm EST on ESPN 2.