Experienced Gators Chomp On Young Wildcats

Feb 16, 2014

Florida senior Scottie Wilbekin scored 23 points, including five critical free throws down the stretch to move the Gators past the Wildcats.

Florida Senior Scottie Wilbekin
Florida Senior Scottie Wilbekin
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No. 3 Florida rallied for a tense 69-59 victory over No. 14 Kentucky on Saturday night in a matchup of the Southeastern Conference's top teams.

The Gators tied a school record with their 17th straight win. It was their first victory at Rupp Arena since 2007.

Trailing 45-38 with 11:12 remaining, the veteran Gators (23-2, 12-0) outscored the young Wildcats (19-6, 9-3) 31-14 over the last part of the game 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 8-of-9 shooting for Florida.

Andrew Harrison scored 20 points for Kentucky.