Alabama has 14-game SEC home winning streak snapped in 68-62 loss to No. 6 Florida
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Michael Frazier II scored 18 points and made five 3-pointers to lead No. 6 Florida to a 68-62 victory over Alabama on Thursday night.
It was the 10th consecutive win for the Gators (16-2, 5-0 Southeastern Conference), matching last season's longest streak.
The Crimson Tide (8-10, 2-3) had its league-best 14-game SEC home winning streak snapped.
Florida went 8 of 10 from the free throw line over the final 47 seconds to halt any Alabama threat.
Frazier shot 5 of 13, all from 3-point range. Casey Prather scored 14 points despite just 6-of-16 shooting for the Gators. Scottie Wilbekin had 10 points and four assists.
Trevor Releford led Alabama with 14 points, while Nick Jacobs had 12, Levi Randolph 11 and Shannon Hale 10.
The Tide was without No. 2 scorer Retin Obasohan, who strained his left hip flexor in Tuesday's practice.
The Gators, who earned win No. 100 for the four-man senior class, have won the last eight meetings and 10 of 11. Alabama has lost three of its last four games, despite holding six straight opponents below 70 points.
Randolph hit a pair of free throws on back-to-back possessions to cut Florida's lead to 62-57 with 1:07 left.
Florida ran 20 seconds off the clock before forcing the Tide to foul, and then the free throw parade began. The Gators didn't make a field goal over the last 4 minutes.
Frazier hit consecutive 3-pointers to give Florida its first double-digit lead, 53-43, with 9:28 left.
Florida guard Michael Frazier II (20) is pressured by Alabama's Algie Key (0) during an NCAA college basketball game at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Michelle Lepianka Carter)
Patric Young then made a steal and lofted a long pass to Kasey Hill for a layup. Alabama cut the 12-point deficit in half with a 6-0 spurt but couldn't get any closer until Randolph's free throws.
The Gators fired up 28 3-pointers, making 10. That helped overcome 23-of-61 shooting (37.7 percent).
Alabama didn't shoot much better at 38.6 percent (22 of 57) and made 2 of 12 from 3-point range.
The Gators used a late four-point play to take a 33-26 halftime lead.
Frazier hit a 3 from the right corner, his third of the half, and was fouled by Hale. Frazier made the free throw.
Will Yeguete and Dorian Finney-Smith each had 11 rebounds for Florida, with Finney-Smith racking up seven offensive boards.
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