• Key play: The Gators scored 4 seconds into the game when guard Scottie Wilbekin converted a fast-break layup that kicked off an 11-0 Florida run.
• Key stat: Florida jumped out to its first double-digit lead only 3:14 into the game.
• Key play: Unhappy with his team’s effort, Florida coach Billy Donovan called a timeout with a 16-point lead and watched his team go on a 12-4 run that essentially ended Missouri’s comeback hopes.
• Key stat: Florida shot 59.3 percent from the field, while Missouri made only 32.7 percent.
Bell hurt in second half
Senior guard Keion Bell left the game in the second half because of an apparent ankle injury when he got tangled up with Florida guard Mike Rosario.
“I might have stepped on his foot and my foot rolled,” said Bell, who called it a sprain. “It was too sore to go back into the game.”
Bell did not say whether the injury would keep him out of Tuesday’s game against South Carolina.
• When asked about the struggles of senior center Alex Oriakhi, who scored four points and collected two rebounds in 19 minutes Saturday, Missouri coach Frank Haith said the big man has to do a better job of doing the little things and blocking out.
“He just wasn’t the presence we need him to be,” Haith said. “But I think Alex will bounce back. Alex is one of those guys (that), from an emotional standpoint, (has got) to get better at handing adversity.”
• Florida coach Billy Donovan earned his 400th career win on Saturday, and his players congratulated him by dumping ice water on him in the locker room.
“Basketball coaches don’t have that happen to them very often, and I tell you what: that was really, really, really cold,” Donovan said. “I mean really cold.”
• Donovan also addressed his team’s red-hot offense, which created several open looks Saturday.
“If you look at some of the shots (today), wide open (and dunks), that had nothing to do with Missouri breaking down defensively as much as it was that we were moving the ball so quickly that it found a guy right open — and I think that’s the right way to play,” Donovan said.
| Terez A. Paylor, firstname.lastname@example.org