No. 3 Florida pulls away in second half, downs Alabama

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Gainesville, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Florida dropped an 11-0 bomb early in the second half as the No. 3 Gators pulled away en route to a 78-69 win over Alabama in Saturday’s SEC showdown at Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

After Trevor Releford buried a triple that gave the Crimson Tide a 41-39 lead, Patric Young started the breakaway with a three-point play to put the Gators ahead by one.

Casey Prather then made a layup while Michael Frazier II and Scottie Wilbekin sank back-to-back triples to give the Gators a comfortable 50-41 advantage with 14:58 left in the game.

Minutes later, Wilbekin made another triple while Frazier added a layup to give the Gators their biggest lead of the game, 64-49.

The Gators were never threatened from there as they marched to their 15th straight victory that gave them a two-game cushion over Kentucky in the SEC standings.

The win was the Gators’ 29th consecutive win at the O’Dome, padding the school record.

Five starters scored in double figures for the Gators, led by Wilbekin’s 16 and Prather’s 15. Frazier added 14, Will Yeguete had 12 and Young chipped in 11 for the Gators (21-2, 10-0 SEC).

The Gators also forced 16 turnovers which led to 27 points, aside from shooting 62 percent from the floor.

Trevor Releford was the only player in double digits for Alabama, scoring 25 points on 7-for-10 shooting as the Crimson Tide (9-14, 3-7 SEC) suffered a fourth straight defeat despite shooting 55 percent from the field.

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