#6 Florida stretched its winning streak to 10 games with a quiet 68-62 win over Alabama tonight, matching last season’s high of 10 consecutive victories and marking the 100th win for the 2014 senior class.
With this W, the Gators remain the only unbeaten team in the Southeastern Conference and are 3-0 in away SEC venues.
Michael Frazier II had a huge turnaround from Saturday’s win over Auburn where he could not score. Tonight, he led Florida (16-2, 5-0 SEC) with 18 points, hitting five of 13 three-pointers and all three of his free throw attempts.
Frazier’s offensive outburst helped the Gators pull away when things were getting scary late in the game. Alabama (8-10, 2-3 SEC) managed to cut the Florida lead to 62-57 with 1:07 left in the game off two free throws by the Crimson Tide’s Levi Randolph. Randolph had made two free throws a few seconds before off a Kasey Hill turnover and foul.
The Gators dawdled for 20 seconds to slow the Tide’s momentum and get time off the clock, and Alabama had no choice but to start fouling. Luckily, Scottie Wilbekin, Casey Prather and Frazier combined for six of eight free throws in the last minute to build the lead to 68-62. Alabama had made a layup and a three-point jumper also during that stretch, but time ran out for them.
Although they played tough, not a lot went right for Alabama, who had lost No. 2 scorer Retin Obasohan to a strained left hip flexor prior to the game. The team shot 38.6 percent from the field and made only two of 12 three-pointers. This loss also broke their league-leading 14-game SEC home-winning streak in Coleman Coliseum.
Prather, who made his first start since Jan. 8, was second for the Gators in scoring with 14 points, while Will Yeguete and bench player Dorian Finney-Smith added 11 rebounds each. Trevor Releford led the Crimson Tide with 14 points.
Florida will next face Tennessee (12-6, 3-2 SEC) at home. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25.
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