UK Upsets #1 Gators

The Florida Gators were not able to overcome a 29-point second half deficit as they were defeated by Kentucky 70-55 Tuesday night at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky.

Keith Bogans scored 15 points -- all in the first half -- as Kentucky (No. 7 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP) used overwhelming defense to beat the Gators, snapping Florida's 14-game winning streak.

Gerald Fitch had 14 points for Kentucky (17-3, 7-0 Southeastern Conference), which won its 11th straight game, its longest winning streak in coach Tubby Smith's six seasons. The Wildcats haven't won their first seven league games since 1997-98, their last national championship season.

Anthony Roberson scored 18 points for the Gators (18-3, 7-1), who shot 34 percent (17-of-50), including 36 percent (5-of-14) from 3-point range.

The Gators hit four of their first seven shots before Kentucky's defense seized control. For the rest of the half, Florida hardly got an open look and the Wildcats seemed to track down every loose ball.

Kentucky finished the half on a 23-4 run as Florida missed 21 of its last 23 shots and committed eight turnovers. The Wildcats scored 14 straight points over one five-minute stretch.

Bogans, a senior who averaged 17 points in six previous games against Florida, shot 6-of-11 in the first half. The Wildcats went 19-of-37 from the field (51 percent) in the opening half, including 7-of-12 from 3-point range (58 percent).

The Gators' offensive struggles were summed up in the final 1:22 of the first half.

After a timeout, Roberson overthrew an inbounds baseball pass to Brett Nelson on the Kentucky side of the floor. Nelson saved the ball right to Cliff Hawkins, who calmly made an uncontested layup.

Seconds later, Bogans stole a pass and threw down a two-handed, breakaway dunk for a 41-20 lead. Nelson missed a 3-pointer, the Wildcats rebounded and Bogans lobbed an alley-oop pass to Hayes for a dunk.

Roberson made two free throws, but Daniels hit a fadeaway jumper with two seconds left to give Kentucky a 45-22 halftime lead.

The Gators had no solutions for Kentucky's defense in the second half.

Matt Bonner scored inside with 16:13 left to end a 10-minute field goal drought and trim Kentucky's lead to 50-25.

But Florida's deficit bulged to 29 as steals led to consecutive dunks by Daniels and Antwain Barbour.

The Gators finally found a rhythm and hit six of seven shots during a too-late 16-4 run. A 3-pointer by Roberson with 3:59 left cut the lead to 64-47.

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