Tre Mann finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds and Scottie Lewis totaled 16 points and five steals off the bench to help the Florida Gators rout the host Auburn Tigers 74-57 on Tuesday night.
The Gators (12-6, 8-5 SEC) won their second in a row and took advantage of a sloppy start for the Tigers (11-13, 5-10), who lost their third straight and sixth in their past seven games.
Auburn suffered an even bigger loss when freshman point guard and leading scorer Sharife Cooper was ruled out of the game with a left ankle injury. Cooper sat on the Tigers bench in street clothes with his left leg in a walking boot.
Cooper entered the game leading the SEC in assists per game (8.1) and ranked third in scoring (20.2 points per game), and it's uncertain when he will be able to return.
Jamal Johnson started in his place and opened the game's scoring with a 3-pointer.
That would end up being Auburn's only lead of the night, as the Gators scored 11 consecutive points after that shot and went on a 25-5 run. Florida took advantage of 10 Auburn turnovers over the first 13 minutes. The Tigers would finish the half with 13 turnovers and commit 21 overall.
Mann scored 16 points in the first half, and Lewis had 14 as the Gators led by as many as 24 points.
Devan Cambridge led Auburn with 14 points, and Johnson and JT Thor had 10 apiece. Jaylin Williams finished with 11 points.
The Tigers looked out of sorts on the offensive end without Cooper and shot 35.3 percent (18-for-51) overall and 22.6 percent (7-for-31) from 3-point range.
The Gators' defense consistently disrupted the Tigers' rhythm and finished with 11 steals.
Florida shot 44.4 percent (28-for-63) and hit 7 of 20 3-point attempts (35.0 percent).
Tyree Appleby finished with 11 points for Florida, and Noah Locke totaled eight. Colin Castleton and Anthony Duruji finished with seven points each.
--Field Level Media