Andrew Nembhard scored 24 points and Noah Locke added a season-high 21 as visiting Florida used a dominating second half to roll to a 78-61 win over Texas AM on Wednesday in College Station, Texas.
The Gators led by just three points at the half but surged to a double-digit advantage eight minutes into the second half via a combination of patient offense and poor shooting by Texas AM. Florida ran away with the game, building as much as a 23-point cushion in the final minutes.
Keyontae Johnson added 10 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for the Gators (15-9, 7-4 SEC). Florida outshot the Aggies 57.7 percent to 34.8 percent in the second half and outrebounded Texas AM 36-20 for the game, including 20-7 after halftime.
The Gators also had 15 assists to just seven for Texas AM. Florida has won three of its past four outings.
Emanuel Miller led the Aggies (11-12, 5-6) with 19 points, with Josh Nebo adding 12 and Savion Flagg scoring 11 for Texas AM.
The Aggies were just 6 of 23 from beyond the arc and 15 of 23 from the free throw line.
The Gators made 12 shots in the first half, but eight of them were from 3-point range to help them to a 37-34 lead at halftime. Locke had 14 of those points and four of the first-half 3-pointers for Florida.
Nebo paced Texas AM with 10 points in the half.
The Gators pushed their lead to eight points twice in the first six minutes of the second half and then to 51-41 on a jumper by Locke with 11:57 to play. Texas AM went more than seven and a half minutes without a field goal in that stretch and never seriously challenged again.
--Field Level Media