Scores

Final

Ole Miss 68

(9-6, 0-1 SEC)

Florida 78

(14-2, 1-0 SEC)

    6:00 PM ET, January 10, 2009

    Stephen C. O'Connell Center, Gainesville, Florida

    1 2 T
    MISS 39 2968
    FLA 53 2578

    Top Performers

    Ole Miss: Z. Graham 14 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Florida: N. Calathes 19 Pts, 7 Reb, 8 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 Blk

    Florida 78, Mississippi 68

    Associated Press

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Nick Calathes had 19 points and eight assists, Walter Hodge added 16 points and Florida used an impressive first half to beat Mississippi 78-68 Saturday in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.

    The Gators, who won their eighth consecutive game, led by as many as 21 points in the first half. But Mississippi pounded Florida on the glass 46-22 and got sliced into the big lead.

    The Rebels, down 53-39 at halftime, cut it to 75-68 on David Huertas' putback with 2 minutes remaining. But Florida (14-2) pulled away down the stretch thanks to a steal by Calathes and four straight free throws.

    Huertas, returning to Gainesville for the first time since transferring after the 2006 national championship, led the Rebels (9-6) with 16 points and nine rebounds.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MISS
    FLA
    Points 68 78
    FG Made-Attempted 26-56 (.464) 26-54 (.481)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-14 (.357) 11-29 (.379)
    FT Made-Attempted 11-21 (.524) 15-20 (.750)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 21

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