Nov 21, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators center Patric Young (4) dunks against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders during the second half at Stephen C. O'Connell Center. Florida Gators defeated the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders 79-59. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Patric Young scored 16 points, one of six Florida players in double figures, and the No. 16 Gators beat Middle Tennessee 79-59 Thursday night.
The Gators won their 19th consecutive game at home, this one thanks to a dominant start to the second half.
Florida (4-1) came out of the locker room and outscored the Blue Raiders 18-6 over the first 5½ minutes. DeVon Walker got the run started with a 3-pointer, and then the Gators went inside.
Young had a dunk, and Jacob Kurtz and Dorian Finney-Smith followed with three-point plays. Leading scorer Casey Prather, who played just 4 minutes in the first half because of foul trouble, made two free throws and also added a three-point play. In between, he found Michael Frazier II on the break for a layup.
Florida used the spurt to turn a single-digit lead into a 20-point game, and coach Billy Donovan's team coasted from there.
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