Gators surge in second half to beat Aggies
Andrew Nembhard scored 24 points and Florida used a big run early in the second half to take control of the game and cruise to a 78-61 win over Texas A&M on Wednesday night.
Noah Locke added 21 points for the Gators (15-9, 7-4 Southeastern Conference), who bounced back from a loss to Ole Miss in their last game.
Texas A&M (11-12, 5-6) cut its deficit to two points on a 3-pointer by Emanuel Miller early in the second half before the Gators used a 14-4 run to make it 53-41 with about 11 minutes to go. Keyontae Johnson scored six points during that span. The 6-foot-5 sophomore finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds -- his second consecutive double-double -- and a career-high six assists.
Texas A&M's only points in that stretch came on free throws as the Aggies went almost eight minutes without making a field goal.
It was Miller who finally made A&M's next basket, but it didn't get the Aggies going and the Gators went on a 10-2 run after that to make it 63-45 with 7 1/2 minutes to go. Scottie Lewis and Tre Mann made 3-pointers to lead Florida in that run.
Locke made five 3-pointers for the Gators to give him at least one 3 in 22 straight games, which is tied for the 10th-longest streak in school history. Kerry Blackshear Jr. had eight points and three rebounds. Blackshear played for Texas A&M coach Buzz Williams at Virginia Tech last season before joining the Gators as a graduate transfer.
Miller had 19 points for the Aggies, who lost their second straight game and for the third time in four games.