Gators Run Streak To Seven, Down Cats In OT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Nick Calathes had 24 points and made several clutch free throws, Walter Hodge hit a huge 3-pointer in overtime and Florida extended its wining streak over Southeastern Conference rival Kentucky to seven games with a 81-70 victory Saturday night.

The Gators (16-3, 3-1 SEC) became the second team in history to win seven in a row against the Wildcats, joining Notre Dame.

They made this one much closer than it could have been.

Florida missed seven of nine free throws during a 4-minute span in the second half, then Kentucky's Ramel Bradley hit a 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds to play to send the game into overtime.

The shot came after officials overturned an initial ruling that gave the ball to Florida with 5.8 seconds remaining and ahead 61-58.

Calathes, Marreese Speights and Hodge bailed the Gators out in the extra frame.

Calathes hit a 3, then made two free throws to give Florida a 68-67 lead with 2:03 to play. Speights and Hodge made consecutive baskets that gave the Gators much more cushion.

Speights sank a one-hander in the lane, then Hodge drained a 3 from the corner to make it 73-68 with 57.8 remaining.

Calathes made eight more free throws in the final 43 seconds to seal the victory. He also had eight assists and eight rebounds. He finished 13-of-17 from the free throw line.

Speights had with 20 points and eight rebounds.

Bradley led the Wildcats (7-9, 1-2) with 23 points, his sixth consecutive game with at least 20 points

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by SPIKE LEE OF KY.BB Location: LEX,KY. on Jan 21, 2008 at 12:28 PM
    ALL SEASON LONG I HAVE YET TO SEE BILLY G PUT FLESH ON HIS COACHING.FROM WHAT I SEE THE SEASON IS POOH,POOHED.THE COACH IS NOT TEACHING ROCKET SCIENCE.YOU CAN'T SELL ME ON THERE'S NO TALENT,IT'S IN THERE.IT WOULD BE AT LEAST PLEASING TO SEE MORE OF ALL THE PLAYERS IN ACTION.HOW CAN YOU NOT FIND TIME FOR A 7 FOOTER THAT BEEN THERE,I KNOW HE'S INTELLIGENT.HOW CAN YOU NOT FIND TIME FOR THE FLA.KID AT FLA.?PORTER WHO STARTED MANY GAMES AND SEE NO PT NOW.I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT I AM SO TWISTED WITH HOW KY.BB IS BEING DISPLAYED.A SI SEE IT TIME IS NOT BILLY G FRIEND.THINGS ARE SPUTTERING AND I JUST BELIEVE BILLY G CAREER HERE NEEDS TO END AS ABRUPTLY AS IT BEGAN.WHAT HAPPENED TO OUT COACHING YOUR OPPONENT?PREVIOUS KY.COACHES HAVE DONE IT A MANY OF TIMES.SORRY,KY.FANS ARE NOT GETTING THE BANG FOR THE BUCKS.YOU GUYS CAN MAKE EXCUSES ALL YOU WANT FOR BILLY G,HE JUST DOESN'T HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO COACH THE GREAT ONE(KY BB).DONATIONS IS NEEDED TO GET HIM OUT OF HERE.LOCK IT UP.
  • by Stan Location: Winchester on Jan 21, 2008 at 04:19 AM
    This is just great! Looks like the basketball team will suffer the same fate as the football team against Tennessee. No matter how bad the Gators are, UK STILL can't won't be able to beat them. The BEAT goes on.

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