No. 22 Kentucky Stops No. 13 Florida, 76-68

Billy Donovan and the Gators couldn't get past a game Kentucky squad in Lexington.

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No. 22 Kentucky Vs. No. 13 Florida, Final Score: Wildcats Hold On For 76-68 Victory

Finally, after their 76-68 victory over Florida today, Kentucky has a big win in the SEC. It helped that the Wildcats were home against the Gators this time.

Darius Miller led the Wildcats and all scorers with a career-high 24 points, and also contributed five rebounds, three assists, and three blocks. Between his consistent scoring and some superb three-point shooting from the whole Kentucky roster (seven of 14 from three), Kentucky was able to build a second half lead and coast to the finish.

The Wildcats are now 14-0 at home this season.

Poor free throw shooting and an inability to create inside doomed the Gators, and their own excellent three-point shooting (eight of 18) wasn't able to make up the difference down the stretch. Kenny Boynton led the Gators with 18 points, and Chandler Parsons, still struggling with a nagging thigh injury, had 15.

Erving Walker, in particular, struggled, making just two of 10 shots and being rejected by taller defenders repeatedly. The Florida bench had just three points, on a three-pointer from Erik Murphy.

The Kentucky-Florida season series is now 1-1, with Kentucky getting revenge for a 70-68 loss in Gainesville with today's win at Rupp Arena. The teams could meet again at the SEC Tournament — or in the NCAA Tournament.


No. 22 Kentucky Leads No. 13 Florida 34-33 At Halftime

Florida may have won the SEC East, but the old guard at Kentucky isn't about to let the Gators coast through the rest of their regular season. The Wildcats lead the Gators, 34-33, from Lexington.

Darius Miller's been Kentucky's leader in the first half, scoring 13 points to lead all scorers and registering two assists and two rebounds. Brandon Knight has added 11 for the 'Cats, who recovered from a mid-half lull to retake the lead late.

Florida has been relying on its guard play and three-point shooting to stay in this road game. Kenny Boynton leads the Gators with 10 points, and backcourt mate Erving Walker has eight. The Gators are four-for-nine from three-point range, slightly better, by percentage, than their 11-for-25 performance from the field, and have gotten more open looks outside than they have been able to create down low.

With a win today against Kentucky, Florida would be able to clinch the SEC's regular-season championship with a win over Alabama at home on Tuesday. But that's still at least another half away.

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