Florida beats Kentucky in overtime, 81-70

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida Gators outscored the Kentucky Wildcats 20-9 in overtime for their seventh consecutive victory over Kentucky. Nick Calathes led all scorers with 24 points, including 10-10 from the line, and 13 points in overtime . The win ties Notre Dame for most consecutive wins over Kentucky.

Florida built a 42-30 lead in the 2nd half before Kentucky came storming back to force overtime on a 3-pointer by Ramel Bradley with four seconds remaining in regulation. Bradley led Kentucky with 23 points, his sixth consecutive game of 20 or more point. Bradley had only four points through the first 27 minutes of the game, but scored 19 in the last 13:06 in regulation and overtime.

The game featured the return (again) of Jodie Meeks and Derrick Jasper, who have been hampered by injuries all season. Jasper hit a big 3-point shot during the comeback and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead Kentucky in his 24 minutes of play. Meeks added five points and four rebounds before fouling out.

Calathes led the Gators with 24 points, with 13 coming in overtime, but he was not alone. Maurice Speights added 20 points and eight rebounds, tying Calathes for team-high honors.

Joe Crawford and Patrick Patterson joined Bradley in double figures for Kentucky, adding 16 and 15, respectively. Patterson also added eight rebounds.

Crawford and Bradley combined to hit 9-9 from the line, as the Wildcats free-throw shooting was outstanding, hitting 16-18 (88.9%). Despite turning the ball over 10 times in the first half, Kentucky ended the game with only 15 turnovers, turning the ball over only five times in the second half and overtime.

The Cats outrebounded the Gators, 32-31 for the game, but were anemic from the outside, hitting only 6-23 from three point range. Bradley knocked down 3-7 from long distance, including the game-tying trey to put the game in overtime, but players like Crawford (1-8) and Meeks (1-5) struggled from the distance.

Florida moves to 16-3 (3-1) with the victory, while Kentucky falls to 7-9 (1-2) with the loss. The Cats will return to Lexington after this two-game road trip to face the SEC's highest ranked team, the Tennessee Volunteers, Tuesday night. The Vols will likely be ranked in the top 5 in the nation on Tuesday.

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