Wilbekin scores 23, Prather 24 as No. 3 Florida rallies past No. 14 Kentucky 69-59

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Kentucky's Julius Randle, center, looks for an opening between Florida's Dorian Finney-Smith (10) and Scottie Wilbekin (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

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By GARY B. GRAVES, AP Sports Writer

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Scottie Wilbekin scored 23 points, including five critical free throws down the stretch, and No. 3 Florida rallied for a tense 69-59 victory over No. 14 Kentucky on Saturday night in a matchup of the Southeastern Conference's top teams.

The Gators tied a school record with their 17th straight win. It was their first victory at Rupp Arena since 2007.

Trailing 45-38 with 11:12 remaining, the veteran Gators (23-2, 12-0) turned to their best players down the stretch of their first victory at Rupp Arena since 2007. Wilbekin went 11 of 12 at the line, including two technical free throws with 8:14 left.

Casey Prather scored 24 points for Florida on 8-of-9 shooting. Patric Young added 10 points, including two three-point plays during a 13-3 spurt that put the Gators ahead for good.

Andrew Harrison scored 20 points for Kentucky (19-6, 9-3), which had won 22 consecutive home games.

Prather's three-point play with 38 seconds remaining helped complete Florida's rare road sweep of Kentucky and Tennessee in the same week.

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