It’s becoming clear Florida can count on Erving Walker and Kenny Boynton in clutch situations.Walker scored 20 points, Boynton hit three huge shots down the stretch and the Gators beat Ole Miss 77-71 Saturday night in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
The backcourt duo scored the final 16 points for Florida, which won its fourth consecutive game and seventh in eight outings.
Walker topped 20 points for the third time in the last five games, and Boynton hit double figures for the sixth consecutive game.
Chandler Parsons added 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists, and Vernon Macklin chipped in 16 points and seven boards. But Walker and Boynton carried Florida (12-3) in crunch time.
With the game tied at 61, Walker hit a teardrop in the lane, two free throws and a layup following a steal that put Florida ahead 67-63. Then Boynton hit consecutive 3-pointers, one of them a four-point play, and sank an over-the-head bank shot in the lane that made it 76-69 and essentially sealed the win with about a minute to play.
Chris Warren, the league’s second-leading scorer, finished with 20 points. (January 10, 2011, Page 6)