GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Myreon Jones and Tyree Appleby scored 12 points apiece, and No. 23 Florida remained unbeaten with a 84-45 victory over Troy on Sunday.
Florida (6-0) scored the first 13 points of the game and never relinquished its double-digit lead. Freshman Kowacie Reeves connected on a turnaround jumper at the first-half buzzer to give the Gators a 49-20 advantage, their largest of the game.
Florida leading scorer Colin Castleton finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and a pair of blocks.
Troy (4-3), which came into the game ranked 11th in the nation in steals, managed eight against Florida. Duke Deen, who entered averaging 13.3 points, led the Trojans with 10 points on 2-of-8 shooting. Troy committed a season-high-tying 21 turnovers.
Florida’s Phlandrous Fleming made his first start of the season in place of Brandon McKissic and scored 11 points. McKissic suffered a hamstring injury in Wednesday’s win over Ohio State and came off the bench Sunday, finishing with 10 points.
Florida beat Ohio State 71-68 in Wednesday’s championship game of the Fort Myers Tip-off on Appleby’s long 3 at the buzzer. Sunday’s win capped off a 3-0 week for the Gators, who are almost certain to rise in the rankings when the next AP Top 25 poll is released on Monday.
Troy: Coach Scott Cross will look for his 250th career win on Wednesday.
Florida: Coach Mike White’s decision to rework his roster via the transfer portal is paying early dividends. The Gators are off to their best start in White’s seven seasons.
Troy: Hosts Rust College on Wednesday night.
Florida: At Oklahoma on Wednesday night.
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