Florida wraps up SEC championship
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Kenny Boynton cut the final strand, waved the net above his head and then hung it around his neck.
No doubt, his home finale ended perfectly.
Boynton scored 15 points, Pat Young added 14 and No. 11 Florida routed Vanderbilt 66-40 on Wednesday night to clinch the Southeastern Conference regular season championship.
Florida won its fourth outright league title and third under longtime coach Billy Donovan. The Gators (24-5, 14-3 SEC) also were alone atop the standings in 1988-89, 2006-07 and 2010-11.
Like the others, this one earned the Gators the No. 1 seed heading into next week’s SEC Tournament. It also capped a perfect season (15-0) at home and sent seniors Boynton, Erik Murphy and Mike Rosario out with a victory on “Senior Night.”
After the win, the Gators started cutting down the nets.
“It felt good,” Boynton said. “I definitely want that feeling again. In order to get it, we’ve definitely got to keep winning.”
Boynton, Murphy and Rosario have been major contributors to the team’s success. Donovan recognized them again with 2:18 remaining when he called time out and took them out of the game.
Murphy finished with 10 points and six rebounds. Rosario had five points, three assists and two rebounds.
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