SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) – Devin Robinson had 15 points and nine rebounds in 20 minutes Saturday to lead an onslaught by the Florida Gators, who wrapped up a stretch of 11 consecutive away games to start the season by drubbing Charlotte 87-46 in the Orange Bowl Classic.
The Gators had runs of 10-0, 14-1 and 10-0 en route to a lead of 36-11 barely 15 minutes into the game, and there was little letup in the second half. A 14-0 spurt made it 77-33 with seven minutes left, and the Gators posted their most lopsided win of the season.
Florida (8-3) outrebounded Charlotte 44-23 and had 24 more points in the paint. The 6-8 Robinson led the Gators inside and was chosen the game’s most valuable player.
Charlotte (6-4) looked rusty playing only its second game in two weeks. The 49ers shot 14 for 51 for 28 percent, and their starters went 6 for 26.
Gators reserve Canyon Barry scored 16 points and shot 9 for 10 from the free throw line, all underhanded. Chris Chiozza came off the bench to contribute nine points and five of the Gators’ 13 steals.
Reserve Austin Ajukwa had 12 points and four steals for Charlotte.
After dropping out of the Top 25 this week following losses to Duke and Florida State, the Gators looked like a team on the way up. They completed a long stretch of away games while their campus arena was being renovated.
Florida improved to 16-2 in the Orange Bowl Classic. Florida State, which defeated Florida last Sunday, beat Manhattan 83-67 in the opening game.
The Gators will play in their renovated home for the first time Wednesday against Little Rock.
Charlotte returns home to play Maryland on Tuesday.