(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) — Despite trailing by three at halftime, third-ranked Florida rebounded in the second half to defeat conference foe Missouri, 68-58, on Tuesday night.
The win was the 14th straight for the Gators (20-2) and their 28th consecutive victory at home, extending a program record.
In a hotly contested affair, Michael Frazier II hit four 3-pointers in the second half to help Florida extend their lead. Three of those came within a two-minute span after Frazier went 0-for-4 from distance in the first half.
A layup from Patric Young at the 4:10 mark of the second half gave the Gators a 58-48 lead.
Their defense also held the Tigers (16-6) scoreless for more than four minutes in the half to widen the advantage.
The game was also the collegiate debut of Chris Walker, who had been forced to sit out 12 games for what the NCAA clearinghouse called “preferential treatment.” Walker played just seven minutes, but had two crowd pleasing dunks as his only shots.
Scottie Wilbekin finished with a game-high 19 points as Florida’s Billy Donovan notched his 16th straight 20-win season. Only Jim Boeheim and Mike Krzyzewski have longer active streaks.
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Natalia Hepworth, EastIdahoNews.com