Florida thumps Missouri
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Late in the second half, backup Florida guard Chris Chiozza whispered to coach Mike White that he needed to get him back in the game.
His reasoning? Chiozza said he was going to get a triple-double.
"I said, 'No, you're not. Come on,'" White said.
Chiozza convinced White he was close enough to make it happen, so the coach let him play the rest of the way. And the junior ended up with the first triple-double of his career — finishing with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists — as No. 24 Florida dominated woeful Missouri 93-54 on Thursday night.
Chiozza joined the exclusive club when he dished to Devin Robinson for a 3-pointer with 31 seconds remaining. Equally impressive: The Gators (17-5, 7-2 Southeastern Conference) tied a school record by winning their third consecutive game by at least 30 points.
Coming off lopsided victories at LSU and at Oklahoma, Florida wasted no time putting Mizzou in a huge hole. The Gators led 12-2, 18-3, 30-6 and 48-18 in the first half while building a 31-13 rebounding advantage. White's team did little wrong for the third straight outing and looked more than ready for No. 8 Kentucky on Saturday night.
The only suspense was whether Chiozza would join Nick Calathes and Corey Brewer in Florida's recent triple-double club. Calathes and Brewer are the only Florida players to accomplish the feat since 1997.
"It means a lot," Chiozza said. "I'm glad that I achieved that, but I'm happier that we got the W. That's the most important thing."
Canyon Barry led Florida with 17 points. KeVaughn Allen added 15, and Kasey Hill chipped in 11.
Terrence Phillips had 14 points for Missouri (5-16, 0-9), which reached the halfway point to SEC futility.
Mizzou lost its 13th in a row — tying the longest streak in program history — and its 14th straight in league play. The Tigers also lost their 31st consecutive road game.
"They came out and completely outmatched us," Missouri coach Kim Anderson said. "They got every rebound, made every shot. It was kind of like getting hit by a train."