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November 18, 2013

Collateral damage

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — No. 16 Florida could be without point guard Kasey Hill for a month, maybe longer.

Hill suffered a high-ankle sprain in a 67-53 victory against Southern on Monday night. Coach Billy Donovan said team doctors are “pretty confident right now there’s nothing broken.” But Hill will have tests Tuesday to determine the full extent of the injury.

Hill, a freshman averaging 10 points a game, badly sprained his left ankle early in the second half. He spent several minutes writhing in pain on the court before getting carried to the locker room. He did not return.

“It’s certainly a longer healing process, and when you try to rush guys back too soon, it normally complicates things,” Donovan said. “In talking to the doctor and talking to our trainer, the minimum right now is we’re looking at a month before we can consider getting him back on the floor.”

The injury could be problematic for Florida (3-1), which already is without point guard Scottie Wilbekin. The senior is suspended indefinitely, but he could return as early as next week.

“It’s unfortunate. It’s a part of the game,” Donovan said. “We’ll have to find some different ways to compensate for his absence.”

The Gators had little trouble without Hill against the Jaguars (1-4).

Casey Prather had 10 points and nine rebounds, one of three players in double figures, as the Gators extended their home winning streak to 18. Florida led by 16 at halftime and cruised from there.

Calvin Godfrey led Southern with 18 points and nine rebounds. Trelun Banks added 12 points.

Godfrey made 7 of 12 shots and finished with two blocks on the other end.

“He’s a guy that’s been consistent for us,” Southern coach Roman Banks said. “There’s no doubt he’s our best post player, our best talent. I’d like to get him some help. We’ve got some bigger guys that need to help him out a little bit.”

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