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Wednesday February 9, 2000Gators beat Kentucky 90-73 to force tie in East

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There's a three-way tie for first place in the SEC East after 12th ranked Florida knocked off 11th ranked Kentucky 90-73 at the O'Connell Center and in front of a national television audience Tuesday night.The win moves the Gators into a first place tie with the Wildcats and Tennessee in the division standings.

The Gators bolted out to a 34-17 first half lead and weathered a four minute drought to take a 44-35 advantage into the break. When the teams returned to the floor, Florida scored the first ten points of the second half to open up the game for good. The 90 points were the most given up by Kentucky in a game this season.

"Kentucky, obviously, is doing great things, defensively, to people", said Gator coach Billy Donovan in his post-game radio interview. "Teams were only scoring 58, 59 points against them".

Donovan says he's seeing his team improve with each game. "It's one game, one win, but I really saw some strides from South Carolina to Georgia and now to this game."

Florida outshot Kentucky 50 to 41 percent and gathered 13 more rebounds than the Wildcats. Mike Miller scored just 11 points, but he grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds while Major Parker scored 13 points - a season-high. Teddy Dupay dropped in 14 to lead six Gator players in double figures. Matt Bonner added 12, Donnell Harvey 11 and Brent Wright ten.

Kentucky, which fell to 17-6 and 7-2 in the East, was led by Keith Bogans' 24 points.

Florida is now 18-4 overall and 7-2 in the East. Kentucky and Tennessee are also 7-2 in league play.

The Gators battle the Vols in Knoxville, Tenn., Saturday with the tip off set for 3:07 p.m.
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