Two SEC basketball teams were in action last night, with split results:
Florida 79, Middle Tennessee 59: Playing without point guards Scottie Wilbekin (suspension) and Kasey Hill (high ankle sprain), the Gators put together a strong second half to beat MTSU. Six Florida players scored in double figures, led by Patric Young’s 16 points. The Gators made 15 of 18 free throws in the first half and 25 of 30 for the game. Walk-on Billy Donovan, son of the head coach, scored his first two points in a Florida uniform.
The elder Donovan would not say when Wilbekin might return. The veteran has been suspended for Florida’s exhibitions and the first five games of the season.
“He’s moving in the right direction,” Donovan said, “but I’m not prepared to make any statements he’s coming back to the team.”
Davidson 94, Georgia 82: After three straight losses to open the season, Davidson picked up its first win by beating Georgia in the first round of the Charleston Classic in South Carolina. Nemanja Djurisic led the Bulldogs in a losing cause, hitting four of six three-pointers to finish with 19 points. Charles Mann scored 18.
Georgia shot 55.8 percent from the floor but managed to lose. Mark Fox’s team turned it over 16 times, compared to five for Davidson, and will now play Temple in the tournament’s consolation bracket.
Friday night’s SEC action: Besides Georgia-Temple in Charleston, Providence plays Vanderbilt in the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas. Tennessee State is at Tennessee. Southeastern Louisiana is at LSU. Mississippi Valley State plays at Ole Miss in a Barclays Center Class preliminary game.