Florida Gators forward Casey Prather (24) dunks the ball against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Humphrey Coliseum. The Gators won 62-51. (Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports)
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Casey Prather scored 16 points, Patric Young added 12 and No. 3 Florida beat Mississippi State 62-51 Thursday night for its 12th straight win.
The Gators (18-2, 7-0 Southeastern Conference) had a slow start on offense, but made up for it with suffocating defense. It was the 12th time this season Florida held an opponent to 60 points or fewer.
Florida's Michael Frazier II had just nine points, but his three 3-pointers helped the Gators keep a comfortable lead throughout most of the second half.
Mississippi State (13-7, 3-4) lost for the first time at home during conference play. The Bulldogs have lost four straight to the Gators.
Colin Borchert scored 15 and Craig Sword 12 for Mississippi State.
Both teams had a rough night at the free throw line. Florida was 8 of 19 (35.3 percent) and Mississippi State 1 of 6 (42.1 percent).
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