Gators Blast Stetson

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Florida's Billy Donovan earned his 400th career coaching victory as the Gators rode a 16-point halftime lead to a 96-70 win over Stetson on Monday night.

Bradley Beal had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Erving Walker added 21 to lead the Gators (5-1) in the neutral court matchup at Amway Center. The Hatters (3-3) were led by Chris Perez with 20 points.

Stetson stayed close early on before a 23-4 Gators' run midway through the first half blew the game open. Florida (No. 9 ESPN/USA Today, No. 10 AP) relied on its outside shooting during the spurt, knocking down eight 3-pointers in the half and 14 for the game.

Florida is off until Friday when they travel to face Syracuse (No. 3 ESPN/USA Today, No. 4 AP). The Hatters open Atlantic Sun play by hosting East Tennessee State Thursday.