"When we didn't turn the ball over, we were pretty good at finishing plays," Fox added. "We have to defend better on the road if we're going to give ourselves a chance to win. We have to rebound better on the road. We didn't do either of those things."
The Bulldogs were led on the night by 10-of-12 shooting from Thompkins, who finished with a game-high 24 points. McPhee poured in 21, including a 5-for-8 clip from beyond the arc to mark a career high in threes for the senior. Reigning SEC Player of the Week Travis Leslie added 11 points and a game-best eight boards, while Dustin Ware dished out seven assists for the Bulldogs.
Georgia's 59.6 percent shooting from the floor was a season high in that category.
The Bulldogs started off by scoring the game's first four points, a lead that was added to when McPhee fired off a quick catch-and-shoot trey to make it a 9-4 Georgia lead with 16:42 on the clock in the first half. The Gators would go without a field goal for the first four-and-a-half minutes, breaking that spell on a dunk from Vernon Macklin to trim Georgia's lead to 9-6 at 15:36.
Florida took its first lead of the game after Georgia was called for a charge on the offensive end to give the ball back to the Gators. On that play, Walker set it inside to Macklin for an easy lay-up to make it 12-11 in favor of UF. Georgia committed another turnover and Walker nailed a three to give the Gators the 15-11 lead at 12:29, capping what was a 7-0 run for the home team.
That spurt was broken up by another three from McPhee, which Leslie followed with a steal and a fast-break lay-up to give the lead back to the Bulldogs at 11:11.
The teams traded leads for the next several minutes until Florida took a six-point lead, at 27-21, with 8:00 to play after a Boynton lay-up capped another 7-0 Gator run. Thompkins added a lay-up to cut it back to four and score the seventh consecutive Georgia point, while McPhee's three over the defense cut it to just four with 4:08 left in the opening period.
But that's when the turnovers would begin to plague the Bulldogs, as the Gators followed a Tyus lay-up with a steal and a Macklin pull-up to take their first double-digit lead of the day, at 38-28, with 1:52 showing. From there, the Gators netted seven of the last 12 points of the half to enter the locker room guarding a 12-point edge at 45-33.
The second half began in similar fashion as Tyus started things off with a jumper to make it a 14-point lead for Florida. A jumper from Albert Jackson at the 15:45 mark cut the Gator lead to eight, 55-47, but Boynton came right back with a three. Jeremy Price chipped in a lay-up for Georgia to get it back to single digits with 14:18 left, but that preceded another 7-0 run for the Gators, who built a 16-point lead, 65-49, with 11:18 to play.
The Gators would own the double-digit lead until back-to-back dunks from Leslie and Thompkins cut the deficit to eight, 71-63, 5:40 to go. But Florida used another run, this time with eight straight points, to push the lead back to 16 approaching the four-minute mark.
With 1:21 to play, Walker sank a pair of free throws to establish the day's largest margin of 19, at 87-68. Jackson and Thompkins accounted for the final three points of the night to close it out with Florida on top by 16, at 87-71, at the buzzer.
The loss drops the Bulldogs – who were coming off last Saturday's upset of eighth-ranked Tennessee – to 9-9 (1-4), while Florida improves to 15-5 (4-2). Tonight's ballgame marked the 200th meeting in the history of the SEC rivals on the hardwood, as the Gators now hold a 103-97 lead in the series and have won 12 of the last 13 meetings.