Will Yeguete added 14 points and Mike Rosario 13 for Florida (10-2), which agreed to play at Yale as part of a 2-for-1 contract. Yale played in Gainesville last season and will again next season or in 2014-15.
Justin Sears led Yale with 15 points and Javier Duren had 14. The Bulldogs (5-11) were game for a while in front of the pro-Florida crowd that gathered for the rare occasion of a high-major team playing on a road in an Ivy League gym.
Yale went on a 10-4 run midway through the first half, pulling to within 21-20 on a jump shot by Michael Grace. Florida then erupted with a 26-3 run that carried into the second half.
The Gators scored the final nine points to lead 35-23 at the break and overwhelmed Yale with full-court pressure early in the second. Yale committed turnovers on three consecutive possessions and Florida reeled off another 12 consecutive points to lead 47-23.
Take that away, and Yale more than held its own against a team of superior size and strength. Florida shot 60 percent 30-for-50.
Yale was coming off a four-game road trip, finishing with a victory Friday at Holy Cross to go 1-3. The Bulldogs’ last home game was a 112-63 victory over Division III Albertus Magnus, and its next home game is against another Division III team, Oberlin on Jan. 12.
Florida's Erik Murphy, a 6-10 forward/center who is second on the team at 12.1 points a game, did not play because of a bruised ribs. Murphy was raised in South Kingston, R.I., and his father, Jay, a Meriden native who played at Boston College and later four years in the NBA, attended the game. Sophomore forward Brandon Sherrod (abdominal) and junior guard Jesse Pritchard (concussion) did not play for Yale.