No. 4 Florida vs. No. 16 Ole Miss final score: Gators send Rebels to second straight loss, 78-64

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The Florida Gators controlled the game on Saturday and brought Ole Miss further back down to Earth with a 78-64 win. After a hot start, Ole Miss has now lost two straight in the SEC.

No. 4 Florida used a balanced attack offensively, led by the hot-shooting Erik Murphy, to storm past the upstart No. 16 Ole Miss Rebels 78-64 Saturday night in Gainesville.

Murphy, with 19 points, was one of four Gators in double figures. Mike Rosario had 14 points, and Kenny Boynton had nine points and a game-high 10 assists.

Ole Miss leaned on guard Marshall Henderson, who had 25 points in the losing effort.

Florida jumped out to a 13-point halftime lead and led by 23 after a pair of free throws from Boynton with 12:36 left. The Rebels responded, but got no closer than 13 before Murphy hit a three to retake control for the Gators.

The Rebels have now dropped back-to-back games after starting SEC play 6-0.

And while Ole Miss has struggled, the Gators are starting to eye the top of the national polls. Saturday's win was just another on an already solid resume.

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