SUNRISE, Fla. - Will Yeguete led a strong rebounding effort Saturday by the 16th-ranked Florida Gators, who pulled away in the second half to beat Fresno State 66-49 in the Orange Bowl Classic.
Yeguete had five offensive rebounds and a season-high 10 total for the Gators, who had a 47-24 advantage on the boards, by far their largest this season. Florida won easily despite shooting only 42 percent.
Casey Prather scored 16 points for the Gators (9-2), who won away from Gainesville for the third time this season. Prater was voted the game's most valuable player.
Scottie Wilbekin added 11 points and Yeguete nine. Patric Young had eight points and nine rebounds.
The Gators shot 29 percent in the first half and 58 percent in the second half. They went 1 for 13 from 3-point range in the opening half and still led 23-19.
Michael Frazier II, Wilbekin and Kasey Hill each sank a 3-pointer as Florida outscored Fresno State 15-4 to start the second half and open up a 15-point lead. A basket by Yeguete made it 55-35, and the margin reached 26 with 2:40 left.
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