|Calathes leads No. 19 Florida over Rollins|
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|Thursday, 06 November 2008 16:27|
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -Sophomore Nick Calathes had 16 points and six assists in his debut as Florida's main point guard and the 19th-ranked Gators beat Rollins College 82-53 in an exhibition game Thursday night.
The 6-foot-6 Calathes was 6-of-8 from the field, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range, and had just one turnover.
Calathes split point guard duties last season with classmate Jai Lucas, but Florida coach Billy Donovan announced Wednesday that Lucas - who averaged 2.2 assists last season while leading the Gators in 3-point shooting (43.5 percent) - was transferring at the end of this semester and would no longer practice with the team.
Calathes who led the Southeastern Conference last season with 6.1 assists per game.
Erving Walker, a 5-8 freshman, has been impressive in Florida's two exhibition games. He scored 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting and had four assists and three turnovers against the Tars and had 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting and six assists and one turnover in a 108-49 victory over Warner University on Tuesday.
Senior guard Walter Hodge, who would be the third option at point guard, had three points and two assists against the Tars.
Sophomore forward Chandler Parsons added 16 points and six assists and freshman guard Ray Shipman had 12 points and four rebounds for the Gators.
Sophomore guard Nick Wolf led Rollins with 13 points and 16 rebounds, while senior guard Kevin Hogan added 12 points. The Tars had 23 turnovers.
Florida opens its regular season at home Nov. 14 against Toledo in the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic.