GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Casey Prather had 10 points and nine rebounds, most of them in the second half, and No. 8 Florida rallied from an eight-point deficit to beat Alabama 64-52 Saturday in Southeastern Conference men’s basketball.
The Gators used a 15-0 run late in the second half — fueled by Prather — to pull away from the Crimson Tide and remain unbeaten at home.
Erik Murphy led Florida (23-5, 13-3) with 15 points. Kenny Boynton added 13, and Scottie Wilbekin chipped in 11.
Trevor Releford led the Tide (19-10, 11-5) with 12 points. Trevor Lacey and Nick Jacobs added 11 points apiece.
The Gators clinched a first-round bye in the SEC tournament and secured the No. 1 seed when Arkansas beat Kentucky later Saturday.
Arkansas 73, Kentucky 60: In Fayetteville, Ark., Coty Clarke had 14 points and 12 rebounds as Arkansas did its best to make a renewed case for an NCAA tournament bid. Clarke also had six assists for the Razorbacks (18-11, 9-7).
Marshawn Powell had 15 points and BJ Young added 13 for Arkansas.
Arkansas native Archie Goodwin led the Wildcats (20-9, 11-5) with 14 points, while Willie Cauley-Stein had 13 and Ryan Harrow 10.
Mississippi State 73, Ole Miss 67: In Starkville, Miss., Colin Borchert scored a career-high 21 points, Gavin Ware added 12 for Mississippi State.
Roquez Johnson returned from a three-game suspension to score 10 points for Mississippi State (8-20, 3-13).
Murphy Holloway led the Rebels (21-8, 10-6) with 22 points and 19 rebounds.
The Rebels shot just 25-of-74 (33.8 percent) from the field.
Georgia 78, Tennessee 68: In Athens, Ga., Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 25 points and Georgia recovered after losing an 11-point lead.
Jordan McRae set career highs with eight 3-pointers and 35 points to lead the Vols (17-11, 9-7) before fouling out with about one minute left.
Charles Mann added 18 points for Georgia (14-15, 8-8).
Texas A&M 74, South Carolina 56: In College Station, Texas, Elston Turner scored 28 points and Ray Turner 16 for Texas A&M.
The Aggies trailed by two points early in the second half before using a big run to take a 46-36 lead.
The victory broke a two-game skid for Texas A&M (17-12, 7-9).
Michael Carrera’s 16 points led the Gamecocks (13-16, 3-13) and Bruce Ellington added 10 points.