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Prather scores 27, Finney-Smith impressive in debut as No. 11 Florida wins 86-56 over UALR

  • Florida forward Casey Prather (24) goes to the basket with Arkansas-Little Rock's Josh Hagins (3) defending during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

    Florida forward Casey Prather (24) goes to the basket with Arkansas-Little Rock's Josh Hagins (3) defending during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Florida forward Casey Prather (24) goes up for a shot in front of Arkansas-Little Rock guard J.T. Thomas (14)  during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

    Florida forward Casey Prather (24) goes up for a shot in front of Arkansas-Little Rock guard J.T. Thomas (14) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Arkansas-Little Rock guard J.T. Thomas (14) tries to get around Florida's Kasey Hill (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

    Arkansas-Little Rock guard J.T. Thomas (14) tries to get around Florida's Kasey Hill (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)  (The Associated Press)

Casey Prather scored 27 points and Dorian Finney-Smith showed great versatility in his Florida debut, helping the 11th-ranked Gators shake loose from Arkansas-Little Rock for an 86-56 win Saturday.

Prather put back a loose ball, scored on a driving layup and capped off a 17-4 run with a dunk off a steal by DeVon Walker as Florida (2-1) woke up from a first-half malaise. The score was tied at 27 after a sloppy opening half.

The Gators stepped up the pressure against the Trojans (0-2) and it paid off in a big way. They outscored the Trojans 59-29 in the second half.

Finney-Smith, who sat out the first two games with a suspension, had 17 points and nine rebounds. The Virginia Tech transfer was 3 of 4 on 3-pointers.