Florida Gators Off To Good Start in SEC Play With Win Over Tennessee Vols

Jim FolsomContributorJanuary 12, 2011

OKLAHOMA CITY - MARCH 18:  Chandler Parsons #25 of the Florida Gators attempts a shot against the BYU Cougars during the first round of the 2010 NCAA men�s basketball tournament at Ford Center on March 18, 2010 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Florida Gators have gotten off to a 2-0 start in SEC play.

Of course, they've done this before in the last three years.

The typical SEC season for UF has been good start, weak finish, hold your breath for Selection Sunday.

This year however, they've done something they have not done in the past few seasons, not even their two championship seasons. They have won in Knoxville Tennessee.

When Florida fans look at the SEC schedule at the beginning of the season to see where the wins could possibly come from, they do not pencil in Knoxville. If Noah, Horford, and Brewer couldn't win there, then there is no way anybody else will.

But the Gators had five players in double figures last night and refused to wilt in a back and forth contest.  Kenny Boynton hid two huge three pointers and Alex Tyus had a steal and breakaway dunk in the OT period to give the Gators the six point victory, 81-75.

Chandler Parsons also had a great game. His outside shot is finally finding the net. Vernon Macklin also had a great game. His hook shot was falling and he and Tyus sent back numerous Vol layups.

Florida was an outstanding 31-59 from the field including 8-16 from three point range. Parsons was 4-5 from three and ended up with 16 points. Tyus was 8-12 and scored 18 points. Boynton was 3-7 from three point range but hit his last two which were game winners. He ended up with 17 points. Erving Walker also had 15 points and Macklin had 11.

The Gator benched produced only four points on the night, those from Patric Young. But Young also contributed with seven rebounds, four of them offensive rebounds to lead the Gators.

The Vols were led by Cameron Tatum with 21 points. He was 4-7 from three point land. Scottie Hopson scored 20 points and was 2-4 from three points. Tobias Harris also had 18 points for UT shooting 7-12 from the field.

With UF's win over Ole Miss on Saturday in Gainesville, the Gators are looking at a possible 5-0 start. They have a home game against South Carolina, A road game against Auburn and a home game against Arkansas in their next three.

That should be a good start toward a 10 win SEC schedule.