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Friday, Sep 19, 2014
Colleges

Gators win 17th straight


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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Scottie Wilbekin scored 23 points, including five critical free throws down the stretch, as No. 3 Florida rallied for a tense 69-59 victory against No. 14 Kentucky on Saturday night in a marquee showdown of the Southeastern Conference’s top two teams.

The Gators tied a school record with their 17th straight win, and their first at Rupp Arena since 2007.

Trailing 45-38 with 11:12 left, the veteran Gators (23-2, 12-0) didn’t flinch and outscored the young Wildcats (19-6, 9-3) 31-14 after that by putting the ball in the hands of their best players such as Wilbekin, who got to the line and finished 11 of 12 including two technical free throws with 8:14 left.

Casey Prather scored 24 points on eight of nine shooting, while Patric Young added 10 points with the help of two 3-point plays during a 13-3 spurt that put the Gators ahead for good.

FLORIDA (23-2) — Yeguete 0-1 1-2 1, Prather 8-9 8-12 24, Young 4-11 2-2 10, Wilbekin 5-10 11-12 23, Frazier II 1-5 0-0 3, Hill 0-1 0-0 0, Finney-Smith 4-10 0-0 8, C. Walker 0-1 0-0 0, D. Walker 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 22-50 22-28 69.

KENTUCKY (19-6) — Randle 4-7 4-6 13, Johnson 1-2 0-1 2, Young 7-10 2-4 19, Aa. Harrison 1-7 0-2 3, An. Harrison 6-12 8-8 20, Polson 0-0 0-0 0, Cauley-Stein 1-2 0-2 2, Poythress 0-2 0-0 0, Hawkins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-42 14-23 59.

Halftime—Kentucky 31-28. 3-Point Goals—Florida 3-13 (Wilbekin 2-3, Frazier II 1-4, Yeguete 0-1, Hill 0-1, D. Walker 0-1, Finney-Smith 0-3), Kentucky 5-12 (Young 3-5, Randle 1-1, Aa. Harrison 1-2, Poythress 0-1, An. Harrison 0-3). Fouled Out—An. Harrison. Rebounds—Florida 28 (Finney-Smith, Young 5), Kentucky 31 (Randle 13). Assists—Florida 9 (Wilbekin, Yeguete 2), Kentucky 11 (An. Harrison 4). Total Fouls—Florida 16, Kentucky 17. Technical—Kentucky bench. A—24,425.

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