GAINSVILLE, Fla (TSN-WSAU) Erik Murphy was unstoppable for Florida, scoring a game-high 24 points to lead the No. 10 Gators past the 22nd-ranked Wisconsin Badgers, 74-56, on Wednesday.
Murphy shot a perfect 10-for-10 from the field and also pulled down seven rebounds, while Mike Rosario added 15 points for a Gators (2-0) team that shot an incredible 61.9 percent for the game.
Kenny Boynton notched 10 points, six rebounds and three assists in the victory.
Wisconsin fell behind early and never recovered. Jared Berggren and Sam Dekker scored 11 apiece for the Badgers (1-1), who were coming off a season-opening blowout victory over Southeastern Louisiana.
Wisconsin didn't score a basket until five minutes into the game, allowing Florida to jump out to a 9-0 lead. From there, the Badgers were forced to play catch up the rest of the way.
Thanks to a 10-0 run, the Badgers pulled within 21-19 midway through the opening half on jumper by Ryan Evans, but they never came any closer.
Murphy connected on all seven of his shots in the first half, helping the Gators jump out to a 43-31 halftime lead.
The Badgers fell behind by 17 after a pair of Rosario free throws just over five minutes into the second half, but pulled back within 12 after Traevon Jackson buried a 3-pointer to make it 52-40.
But the Gators began to pull away after that, eventually doubling their advantage by taking a 71-47 lead with 2:41 remaining.
The Badgers are off until Sunday when they play Cornell in Madison at 5pm CT.