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No. 12 Florida pulls away from Auburn, wins 63-47

By Mark Long

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 21 2012 7:01 p.m. MST

Florida's Erving Walker (11) tries to drive past Auburn's Willy Kouassi, center rear, and Adrian Forbes (45) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Gainesville, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012.

Phil Sandlin, Associated Press

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Kenny Boynton was part of a hot shooting night for No. 12 Florida, scoring 20 points as the Gators overcome 18 turnovers and beat Auburn 63-47 Tuesday night.

Boynton made 7 of 11 shots from the field, including 6 of 9 from 3-point range.

Florida (22-6, 10-3 Southeastern Conference) had 15 turnovers in the first 27 minutes, an error-filled start that had coach Billy Donovan seething and the Tigers (14-13, 4-9) leading.

The Gators eventually settled down and used a 26-4 run to turn a one-point deficit into a double-digit lead.

Florida's biggest concern after that was the health of forward Will Yeguete, who injured his left ankle with a little more than 10 minutes to play.

Adrian Forbes led Auburn with 11 points. He was the team's only player in double figures. Kenny Gabriel fell hard to the court twice, and Chris Denson was helped to the locker room with an apparent knee injury.

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