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Koulechov helps Florida cruise past No. 11 Texas A&M 83-66

Egor Koulechov scored 19 points and Keith Stone added 18 as Florida built a big lead early and cruised to an 83-66 win over No. 11 Texas A&M

Published on January 3, 2018 12:01AM

Last changed on January 3, 2018 1:00AM

Texas A&M center Tonny Trocha-Morelos (10) and Florida forward Keith Stone (25) go after a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)

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Texas A&M center Tonny Trocha-Morelos (10) and Florida forward Keith Stone (25) go after a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)

Texas A&M center Tyler Davis (34) tries to drive the lane against Florida forward Kevarrius Hayes (13) and guard KeVaughn Allen (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)

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Texas A&M center Tyler Davis (34) tries to drive the lane against Florida forward Kevarrius Hayes (13) and guard KeVaughn Allen (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)

Florida guard Egor Koulechov (4) reacts after making a three point basket against Texas A&M during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)

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Florida guard Egor Koulechov (4) reacts after making a three point basket against Texas A&M during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)

Texas A&M guard JJ Caldwell (4) has the ball knocked away by Florida guard Deaundrae Ballard (24) as he tries to drive the lane against Florida guard Chris Chiozza (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)

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Texas A&M guard JJ Caldwell (4) has the ball knocked away by Florida guard Deaundrae Ballard (24) as he tries to drive the lane against Florida guard Chris Chiozza (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)

Texas A&M forward Robert Williams (44) makes a basket over Florida forward Keith Stone (25) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)

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Texas A&M forward Robert Williams (44) makes a basket over Florida forward Keith Stone (25) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)

Florida guard Egor Koulechov (4) pulls a loose ball away from Texas A&M guard Savion Flagg (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)

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Florida guard Egor Koulechov (4) pulls a loose ball away from Texas A&M guard Savion Flagg (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)


COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Egor Koulechov scored 19 points and Keith Stone added 18 as Florida built a big lead early and cruised to an 83-66 victory over No. 11 Texas A&M on Tuesday night.

The short-handed Aggies, who were playing without three starters, dropped their second straight game after starting the season 11-1 and rising to No. 5 in the poll. This was A&M's second straight lopsided loss after a 79-57 defeat at Alabama on Saturday.

The Gators (10-4, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) made 17 3-pointers, led by five from Koulechov and four from Stone to win their fourth straight game.

Texas A&M (11-3, 0-2) was led by Jay Jay Chandler's 17 points on a night the team was missing Admon Gilder, who missed his fourth straight game with a knee injury, and Duane Wilson who also sat out with a knee injury. Leading scorer D.J. Hogg, who is averaging 14.6 points a game, served the last game of a three-game suspension for an undisclosed team rules violation.

The Gators led by 16 at halftime thanks to a hot-shooting first half where they made 10 of 16 3-pointers and had extended the lead to 55-37 with about 15 minutes left.

The Aggies scored the next eight points with 3-pointers from Chris Collins and Tonny Trocha-Morelos to get within 10. But Florida used a 10-0 spurt, with the first eight points from Koulechov, to make it 65-45 with about 11 minutes left and the Aggies didn't threaten again.

The Aggies led by one early before Florida used a 22-6 run, powered by four 3-pointers, to take a 30-15 lead with about 8 1/2 minutes left in the first half.

Texas A&M got going after that and outscored the Gators 12-6 over the next 4 minutes to get within 36-27.

Florida scored the next eight points, with 3s from Chris Chiozza and Koulechov, to push the lead to 44-27 and the Gators led 46-30 at halftime.

BIG PICTURE

Florida: The Gators, who entered the game averaging 9.2 3-pointers a game, took over this game with long-range shooting and could be difficult to deal with if they continue to shoot this well.

Texas A&M: The Aggies recent slide is a bit concerning, but they should get back on track when Hogg returns for the next game and will get another boost when Wilson and Gilder get healthy.

UP NEXT

Florida: Visits Missouri on Saturday.

Texas A&M: Will try to end its skid when the team hosts LSU on Saturday before playing the next two games on the road.

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