The closest the Commodores could get for the rest of the game was 13 with just over a minute left in the first half, but Florida's Chandler Parsons ended that run on a dunk with just under a minute to go before the intermission.
"You know it is hard to put your finger on it. They were coming down, hitting shot after shot and getting easy buckets under the basket. We kind of got caught up in the moment I guess. We didn't fight back. I was like `Wow." I couldn't believe it. I really couldn't believe it," Shan Foster said after the game. Foster was held to zero points in the first half and just 7 for the game. The Gators also did a great job on freshman center A.J. Ogilvy who finished the game with just 9 points before fouling out with just over 3 minutes to go in the game. He was outplayed the whole game by Florida's Marreese Speights.
Alex Gordon led the Commodores in scoring with 13. He had this to say about Florida's run to open the game, "We turned the ball over and missed layups. We didn't fight for that period. We cut it down to 15 but we just didn't fight. Being on this team you always think you have a chance to come back." The Commodores also got 10 from freshman Andre Walker.
Stallings knows his team has got to get back to the fundamentals to have success in SEC play, "We should have played better, made our lay-ups, got the ball inside, got fouled, got to the foul line and made some free throws. We did not do any of these things."
It does not get any easier for the Commodores in the coming week. They will need to put this loss behind them quickly because they travel to Oxford Wednesday night to take on the #15 ranked Ole Miss Rebels. That game tips off at 7:00.