Gators guard Egor Koulechov scored 19 points and Keith Stone added 18 as Florida cruised to an 83-66 victory over Texas A&M. The Aggies, who were playing without three starters, dropped their second straight game after starting the season 11-1. The Gators made 17 3-pointers, led by five from Koulechov and four from Stone to win their fourth straight game.
Texas A&M's Jay Jay Chandler led with 17 points on a night the team was missing Admon Gilder, who missed his fourth straight game with a knee injury, and Duane Wilson who also sat out with a knee injury. Leading scorer D.J. Hogg, who is averaging 14.6 points a game, served the last game of a three-game suspension for an undisclosed team rules violation.
The Gators led by 16 at halftime thanks to a hot-shooting first half where they made 10 of 16 3-pointers and had extended the lead to 55-37 with about 15 minutes left.
The Aggies scored the next eight points with 3-pointers from Chris Collins and Tonny Trocha-Morelos to get within 10. But Florida used a 10-0 spurt, with the first eight points from Koulechov, to make it 65-45 with about 11 minutes left and the Aggies didn't threaten again.
The Gators, who entered the game averaging 9.2 3-pointers a game, took over this game with long-range shooting and could be difficult to deal with if they continue to shoot this well. Florida visits Missouri on Saturday.