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Jefferson sprains ankle; Downey fine

Devan Downey's ankle injury isn't the only one for South Carolina.

Reserve forward Johndre Jefferson has a sprained right ankle and will be re-evaluated today, the team said. The junior from Santee played 11 minutes on Wednesday, grabbing three rebounds and blocking a shot.

As for Downey, USC coach Darrin Horn felt his star guard may not have been "as explosive" as normal. But Horn said the stat sheet - especially four rebounds - showed his star was fine.

"You'd probably have to saw a limb off for him not to play anyway," Horn said.

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When Florida beat USC last month, Downey scored 64 percecnt of the Gamecocks' points. On Wednesday, he had 31 percent.

"I think when Downey gets 30, 35 and there's no other double-digit scorer, I think they're easier to play against, so to speak," Florida coach Billy Donovan said. "When they have (Sam) Muldrow and Ross and those other guys involved, and Downey's average goes from 30 to 20, 22, 24, and other guys are stepping up, they become real difficult to guard."

Role reversal

Florida entered the game as the SEC's second-best free throw shooting team, according to percentage, while USC was second-worst.

And yet Florida struggled, going 10-for-23, while South Carolina was 19-for-24.

"I really thought, in a lot of ways, the game was left out on the free throw line for our team," Donovan said.

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