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Florida wins at Vanderbilt, ends skid

Keyontae Johnson scores 20 for the Gators, who had lost three straight.
Mike White and the Gators get a road win over Vanderbilt and return home to face Georgia on Wednesday. [MATT STAMEY  |  AP]
Mike White and the Gators get a road win over Vanderbilt and return home to face Georgia on Wednesday. [MATT STAMEY | AP]
Published Feb. 2

NASHVILLE — Keyontae Johnson scored 20 and Florida handed Vanderbilt its 26th consecutive SEC loss, adding to the Commodores’ dubious league record by beating them 61-55 on Saturday night.

Noah Locke added 17 points, including five 3-pointers for the Gators (13-8, 5-3), who ended their three-game losing streak..

Vanderbilt (8-13, 0-8) missed its first seven 3-pointers and finished 6-of-22 from beyond the arc.

The Commodores committed 17 turnovers as they suffered their ninth straight loss overall.

Scotty Pippen Jr. led the Commodores with 15 points and Saben Lee added 11.

The Gators ended their three-game losing streak.

Vanderbilt got a roar from the crowd when it narrowed the deficit to 55-49 with just over two minutes left.

Lee’s layup through traffic cut the margin to 58-53 with 23.8 seconds left.

Florida took charge with a 10-0 run early in the first half. The Gators led most of the way against the injury-plagued Commodores, who continue to struggle without Aaron Nesmith (foot injury) and Clevon Brown (knee). Nesmith was leading the SEC in scoring when a stress fracture knocked him out on Jan. 11.

Vanderbilt honored its 1992-93 Sweet 16 team at halftime. The Commodores won their first SEC title since 1974 that year. Eddie Fogler was named national coach of the year.

Florida next hosts Georgia (12-9, 2-6) at 7 Wednesday on ESPNU. Georgia star freshman Anthony Edwards is coming off a 29-point, 15-rebound game against Texas A&M and is considered by many to be the potential No. 1 pick in the 2020 NBA draft.

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