January 18, 2020 / 9:01 PM / a month ago

Payne's double-double pushes Florida over No. 4 Auburn

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Jan 18, 2020; Gainesville, Florida, USA; Florida Gators forward Omar Payne (5) tips the ball in against the Auburn Tigers during the first half at Exactech Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Freshman Omar Payne had his first career double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead Florida to a 69-47 home victory over No. 4 Auburn on Saturday in Gainesville, Fla.

Kerry Blackshear Jr. added 11 points and 16 rebounds and Noah Locke had 11 points for the Gators (12-5, 4-1 SEC), who shot 50 percent from the field and outrebounded Auburn 44-29.

Danjel Purifoy scored 10 points to lead the Tigers (15-2, 3-2), who dropped their second straight game. They lost 83-64 at Alabama on Wednesday night.

Auburn’s leading scorer, Samir Doughty, was held to eight points on 3-of-12 shooting. The Tigers shot 25.5 percent (14 of 55) overall and 17.4 percent (4 of 23) from 3-point range.

The Gators used a 10-2 run to go ahead 38-27 with 16:18 left.

After Doughty’s consecutive 3-pointers pulled Auburn within 49-43 with 8:40 to go, the Gators went on a 20-1 surge that finished with two 3-pointers from Keyontae Johnson and one from Blackshear.

Payne and Locke each scored eight points to help the Gators take a 28-23 halftime lead.

Auburn shot a frigid 20.7 percent (6 of 29) overall and hit just 1 of 10 from 3-point range in the opening half. The Tigers stayed close thanks to committing just five turnovers, sinking 10 of 10 from the free-throw line and scoring 12 points off 12 Florida turnovers.

Two dunks by Payne, followed by Locke’s 3-pointer and layup, gave Florida a 9-0 lead 4:23 into the game.

The Tigers used a 13-4 run — fueled by six foul shots — to tie it at 13 with 8:20 to go before intermission.

Tre Mann hit two free throws, Blackshear sank a jumper and Mann made a 3-pointer during a 7-0 spurt that put ahead Florida 22-15 with 6:08 left in the half.

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