DURHAM, N.H. - Brett Nelson scored a game-high 20 points, including six 3-pointers to pace the sixth-ranked University of Florida men's basketball team to Wednesday night's 108-56 victory against the University of New Hampshire in front of a school-record 7,272 spectators at the sold-out Whittemore Center.
UNH, which already played Boston College and Connecticut within the past week and Notre Dame. Florida improved to 3-1.
With the game tied at 15-15 with 11:59 remaining in the first half, Florida went on a 12-0 run over the next 4:42 and New Hampshire never closed within single digits the rest of the way. Brett Nelson ignited the spurt with consecutive 3-point field goals. He finished the half with 20 points and made 6 of 10 3-point attempts.
The Gators, who shot 18-for-39 (.462) from the floor in the first half and were 36-73 (.493) overall, led by as many as 26 points (51-25) in the first half and took a 53-28 advantage into the locker room.
UNH held a lead four times early in the game, the first of which came at 5-3 on a field goal by Austin Ganly (North Yarmouth, Maine) 1:50 into the game The 'Cats also led by scores of 8-5 and 10-8 before falling behind 12-10. Assane Faye (Dakar, Senegal) connected on a 3-pointer and then made another field goal to give the 'Cats what would be their final lead of the game, 15-12, with 12:08 on the clock.
Concord High grad Matt Bonner finished with 15 points and eight rebounds for the Gators, who had seven players in double figures. Faye finished with a team-high 11 points while Ganly eason 10, is now 0-5. Senior Chris Brown (Boston, Mass.) had seven points, 11 rebounds and five assists for UNH.
New Hampshire returns to action Dec. 1 at the University of Buffalo.