Sweet Number-Seven is Historic
In front of a packed crowd at the O'Dome, the Florida Gators knocked off Kentucky 81-70 to become just the second team in college basketball to beat the Kentucky Wildcats 7-Straight times.Â The streak dates back to February 2005.
Two-Time Florida Mr. Basketball Nick Calathes equaled his career-high scoring 24 points (playing 42 minutes) and nearly pulled off a triple double.Â Calathes hit a number of key free throws late in the game, including the overtime session as he put down 13 of 17 free throw attempts.
Marreese SpeightsÂ enjoyed a break out conference game putting out his best SEC effort to date scoring 20 points (8 of 12 shooting) and grabbing 9 rebounds.Â Speights also played a key role on the defensive end for stretches of the game picking up 4 blocks.
The Gators, 16-3 overall, 3-1 in the SEC sent Kentucky to its 4th road loss of the season.Â The Wildcats are 7-9 overall, 1-2 in conference play.
Junior Walter Hodge also played a major role for the Gators scoring in double figures.Â Hodge nailed some clutch baskets late in the game, including a big-time three-pointer to put Florida on top 73-68 with under one minute to play in the extra session.
Â W-C-J-B's Chris Price covered the game for TV-20 from the court.Â
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