Billy Donovan and Gators search for answers following Arizona loss

Kevin C. Cox

After losing their first game of the season Saturday to Arizona, the Florida Gators went right back to work to work on their weaknesses.

The Florida Gators got back home at early Sunday morning following their 65-64 loss to the Arizona Wildcats on the road Saturday night. This did not keep Billy Donovan from trying to figure out what went wrong with the Gators, as the team practiced later that day.

As GatorZone.com reports, Donovan said that the loss and what the team is doing to correct the problems is going to be very important going forward.

"Obviously, that was a very painful and difficult loss. To travel all the way across the country and have to come all the way back and get back here at 7 in the morning ... that was tough," Donovan said after practice Monday afternoon. "But I think through struggle and pain you find out how important this all is to you, and how good you want to be."

The Gators blew 11-point leads in both halves of their game against the Wildcats and committed three turnovers in the final minute of the game. After reviewing the tapes, Donovan and his coaching staff feel that a lack of execution in the first 38 minutes of the game led to the Wildcats being able to make their final run with two minutes to play.

Playing smarter down the stretch is something that the team will be stressing during their next game Wednesday against Southeastern Louisiana.

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