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Florida defeats Vanderbilt 73-65

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February

Freshman guard Bradley Beal scored 16 points - including six of Florida's final 11 in the game, to help lead Florida to a 73-65 win over Vanderbilt Saturday afternoon at the O'Connell Center.

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The Gators have now won 19 consecutive games at home and with the victory are two games up in second place in the SEC. Florida will face league-leader Kentucky Tuesday night in Lexington.

The Gators (19-4, 7-1) are on a seven-game winning streak – their ongest SEC winning streak since 2006. Although Florida shot just 38.3 percent from the field, the Gators forced the No. 25 Commodores (16-7, 5-3) into 17 turnovers, which led to 19 UF points.

Florida relied on a strong, pressing defense in the second half that disrupted the Commodores. 

“That’s the reason why we won the game, our defensive pressure,’’ Beal said. “Because we were able to force turnovers . . . and we got them to play fast, and when they were playing fast it took them out of their offense a little bit.’’

Florida guard Kenny Boynton had a solid defensive effort against Vanderbilt's senior forward Jeffery Taylor, and also had a team-high 18 points.

Boynton said the Gators "really needed that win'' over Vanderbilt with Kentucky next up on the schedule.

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[Last modified: Saturday, February 4, 2012 7:00pm]

    

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