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Florida men’s basketball team holds off Alabama

By on January 24th, 2014

The sixth ranked Florida men’s basketball team earned its 10th consecutive win Thursday evening after beating Alabama in the Coleman Coliseum 68-62.

Michael Frazier II led the Gators putting up 18 points with the help of five 3-pointers. Late in the first half Frazier nailed a 3-pointer and a foul shot, then had back-to-back 3′s that gave Florida a double-digit lead in the middle of the second half. The sophomore guard shot 5 of 13, all from 3-point range. Gator’s senior forward and leading scorer Casey Prather put 14 points on the board, and senior guard Scottie Wilbekin scored 10 points and had four assists.

In the final 50 seconds of the game, Florida went 8 of 10 from the free throw line, putting an end to any Alabama comeback hope.

Alabama (8-10, 2-3 SEC) had four players score in double digits. The Tide’s senior guard Trevor Releford led his team with 14 points and four assists. Junior forward Nick Jacobs scored 12 points, junior guard Levi Randolph scored 11, and the freshman forward Shannon Hale notched 10 points.

The win on the road (16-2, 5-0 SEC) earned the four seniors on the Orange and Blue squad their 100th win over their four-year careers.

The six point victory in Tide country marks Florida’s 10th game this season decided by single digits, and its eighth win in a row over Alabama.

Up next the Gators head back home for the first time in 12 days to face the Tennessee Volunteers (12-6, 3-2 SEC). The matchup is set for 4pm in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on Saturday and you can hear the game live on Country 103-7 The Gator starting at 3:25pm.


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