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The Gators extended their school-record win streak to 19 games Saturday at Ole Miss.

Saturday February 22, 2014At the Buzzer: Florida 75, Ole Miss 71 (Instant Analysis)

The Gators extended their school-record win streak to 19 games Saturday at Ole Miss.

Chris Harry
By Chris Harry Senior Writer

Florida 75, Ole Miss 71

WHAT HAPPENED: Locked up at halftime and being bombed by Marshall Henderson, the second-ranked Gators locked down on Henderson and closed out a huge Southeastern Conference road win behind a defense that held the Rebels to just 32-percent shooting in the second half. Senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin scored 18 points and sophomore guard Michael Frazier threw in 18 more as UF extended its school record for consecutive wins to 19.

WHAT IT MEANS: The Gators maintained their three-game lead over Kentucky in the SEC standings. With just four league games left, that means UF can clinch at least a share of the regular-season crown with a single win. Florida also is the likely heir to the No. 1 ranking in both polls, given top-ranked Syracuse’s home loss to Boston College earlier this week.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: “The Marshall Henderson Show” was blowing up in the first half, with the mad-bombing Rebels guard raining 22 points on the Gators through the first 20 minutes, including 5-for-11 from behind the 3-point line. UF racheted up its defense on Henderson after intermission, though, and dared his teammates to do the damage. A couple did, but Henderson went 0-6 in the second half, failed to score and the Gators closed another one out on the road.

STAGGERING STATISTIC: Yet another awesome performance by the Gators from the free-throw line. They went 15-for-19 (nearly 79 percent) and have now made 77 of the last 99 -- that’s 77.7 percent.

SUBPLOT: Frazier sprained his wrist in Wednesday night’s win over Auburn, but he fought through whatever pain lingered to go 5-for-10 from distance. Clearly, he’s OK.

UP NEXT: The Gators (25-2, 14-0) are back on the road for the fourth time in the last five games, this time at Vanderbilt (14-11, 6-7), which plays Auburn Saturday night at 6. Florida has traditionally struggled at Nashville, with a 7-9 record at old Memorial Gym under Coach Billy Donovan. 


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