NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 26: Head coach Billy Donovan of the Florida Gators looks on during the second half of their game against the Butler Bulldogs in the Southeast regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Billy Donovan got his 400th career coaching win on Monday night in Orlando, but it wasn't always easy despite what the final score may indicate. The Gators won 96-70 at Amway Arena but a 12-0 Stetson run cut their lead to single digits late in the first half. Facing a 2-3 zone for much of the night, the Gators launched 35 three pointers, hitting 14 of them for 40% from downtown. Leading the way from downtown was Brad Beal, who hit five three pointers en route to a game high 22 points. The freshman phenom also added 10 boards, a career high and impressive feat for the guard out of St. Louis.
Erving Walker added 21 points for the Gators, going three of eight from downtown and dishing a game high six assists. Florida's third guard, Kenny Boynton added 13 and forward Will Yeguete chipped in with a double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 11 boards. Despite the occasional first half sleepwalk, it was a good way to celebrate Donovan's 400th and a nice warmup for the Gators, who will now face number three ranked Syracuse on Friday at the Carrier Dome.
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