BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (Ticker) -- No. 9 Florida beat Lousiana State in what was a battle of attrition even before the teams were forced to play overtime.
Teddy Dupay scored 11 of his 17 points in the extra session as the Gators won for the sixth time in seven games, 81-74, over the Tigers in a Southeastern Conference matchup.
Florida (17-5, 7-4 SEC East) was playing its first game since senior forward Brent Wright was lost for an indefinite period due to a thumb injury. Guard Justin Hamilton is out for the season with a torn ACL.
LSU (11-11, 1-10 West) is down to five scholarship players and has dropped six in a row but managed to give the 2000 national runner-ups all they could handle for 45 minutes.
The Gators never trailed in the extra session as Dupay opened the scoring with a 3-pointer just six seconds in. The Tigers, however, were within 75-74 with 1:17 to play after a 3-pointer by Torris Bright.
But Dupay answered with another 3-pointer with 47 seconds left and sealed the victory by going 1-of-2 at the foul line with 18 seconds remaining.
Udonis Haslem and Brett Nelson scored 18 points apiece and Matt Bonner had 17 and seven rebounds for Florida, which has won four straight against LSU for the first time since a five-game streak from 1957-61.
The Tigers, who still lead the all-time series, 54-33, were paced by Ronald Dupree, who scored 18 points while grabbing 11 rebounds.
The final moments of regulation featured a bizarre series of events. Bright's 3-pointer with 24 seconds left gave LSU a 60-57 lead, but Dupay scored in the lane as he was fouled by Jermaine Williams. The ensuing free throw tied it.
LSU pushed the ball up court and Jason Wilson was fouled on his second attempt in the lane with three seconds to go. He made both free throws -- banking home the first -- to give the Tigers apparent control.
But Wilson fouled Haslem on the inbounds pass that went into the paint on the opposite end of the floor, allowing Florida's center to tie it again and extend the contest by five minutes.
Florida shot 53 percent (25-of-47), including 11-of-25 from 3-point range, while holding the Tigers to 42 percent (27-of-64) from the field. The Gators also had a 20-11 advantage at the line.
Collis Temple III scored 14 points and Williams had 12 and seven rebounds for LSU, which outrebounded Florida, 38-28.