Florida defeats Ole Miss
GAINESVILLE - No. 1 Florida held off a late rally by Mississippi to earn a 79-70 victory in front of 12, 421 at the O'Connell Center Saturday afternoon.
The victory, coupled with Kentucky's loss to Vanderbilt, leaves the Gators (17-2, 4-0 SEC) as the only SEC team without a conference loss.
Florida led by 25 two minutes with 18:04 remaining in the game, but aided by the Rebels' press and 12 second-half turnovers, Mississippi pulled within seven twice, including late in the game.
"I thought we were completely, in the second half, outplayed, out-performed, out everything,'' UF coach Billy Donovan said. "I thought we put some guys in (off the bench), and then really when our veterans got back in the game, I thought our older guys handling the ball against the pressure wasn't very good at all. In particular, Jo (Joakim Noah) and Taurean (Green). Those two guys triggering our offense didn't do a very good job at all. And probably I didn't do a good enough job preparing them the last couple of days. I think we all have to take some level of responsibility.''
Noah had a season-high 24 points, Green 14 points, six assists and four turnovers and senior Lee Humphrey had 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field. The Gators shot 60 percent from the field and 46.2 percent from 3-point range.