BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (Ticker) -- Brett Nelson had the answer every time, just like streaking Florida over the last two months.
Nelson drained seven 3-pointers and scored a season-high 25 points as the fourth-ranked Gators continued the best start in school history with a 70-53 Southeastern Conference victory over Louisiana State.
Florida (17-2, 6-0 SEC East) won its 13th straight game, tying the second-longest streak in the nation behind a 14-game run by Oklahoma State. The Gators have won six straight against the Tigers.
Nelson, shooting just below 26 percent from beyond the arc this season, made all three of his attempts in the first half, including one that gave the Gators their largest lead at 33-19 two minutes before halftime.
"I think there's been too much talk about Brett," Florida coach Billy Donovan said. "The big that Brett has been doing is he's playing hard and doing other things to help the team. And tonight he shot the ball well."
LSU shot just 31 percent (9-of-29) in the first half.
The Tigers climbed within 41-36 on a 3-pointer by Collis Temple III with 12:38 remaining before Nelson answered with one. He made another at the 9:38 mark to extend Florida's advantage to 49-38.
"I got open looks, my teammates got me the ball and they went down," Nelson said. "I hit some big shots in the second half."
Baskets by Brad Bridgewater and Ronald Dupree pulled LSU (12-6, 1-5 West) within 51-44 with 5:49 to go, but Nelson pulled up on a fast break and nailed a 3-pointer from the left wing 10 seconds later.
After LSU came up empty, Nelson fired from about five feet beyond the arc for his final 3-pointer of the night and a 57-44 advantage that prompted a timeout by the Tigers with just under five minutes to go.
Freshman Matt Walsh was the only other Gator in double figures with 10 points. But reserve Bonell Colas scored nine points as Florida's bench outscored LSU's, 20-2.
"I was really proud of our basketball team because we got a lot of different guys to play well," Donovan said. "Different guys stepped up at different times. To me, it was a team effort - three starters did not play well."
A key to the victory was the variety of zone defenses employed by Donovan. The Tigers fired away from beyond the arc and missed 22-of-27 attempts.
Temple finished with 21 points, but he was the only Tiger to connect from 3-point range with any consistency. The rest of the team was 1-of-17. Dupree finished with 20 points and nine rebounds.
Florida improved to 6-1 on the road, including victories at ranked opponents Maryland and Mississippi State.
"We played a tough non-conference schedule," Donovan said. "We've played at Maryland, Mississippi State, played South Carolina in their new building. They play through that stuff, they play with great energy."
LSU jumped out to a 9-4 lead and Antonio Hudson's 3-pointer made it 12-9 with 10:39 left before halftime. The Gators got a pair of shots from beyond the arc from Nelson in a 15-0 run that was capped by David Lee's dunk and made it 24-12 with 5:44 remaining.
"I felt pretty good," Nelson said. "Once you hit a couple of open ones, you feel better."
Lee led the Gators with 11 rebounds, helping Florida to a 44-37 edge on the glass. Heralded Danish freshman Christian Drejer saw his first major action of the season and had four points and two rebounds in 14 minutes.