COL BKB: Florida 77, Georgia 44

Jan. 9, 2013 at 9:12 PM

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Mike Rosario ignited Florida to a quick start Wednesday and the No. 9 Gators went on to overwhelm Georgia 77-44.

Florida held the Bulldogs scoreless for the first 5:30 while building an 11-0 lead. Georgia did not get to 10 points until 4:20 remained in the first half.

Rosario finished with 19 points, and both Patric Young and Erik Murphy had 11 for the Gators (11-2), who shot 53 percent from the field and went 12-of-26 from 3-point range.

It was the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was the only player in double figures for Georgia with 11 points. The Bulldogs fell to 6-8.

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