LEXINGTON, Kentucky (Ticker) -- Florida entered ranked No. 1 for the first time in school history. Kentucky was not impressed.
Keith Bogans scored 15 points and Gerald Fitch added 14 as the seventh-ranked Wildcats administered a 70-55 Southeastern Conference whipping over the top-ranked Gators, who had a 14-game winning streak snapped.
Kentucky (17-3, 7-0 SEC East) took over first place in the East Division with its 11th straight victory. The Wildcats have won their last six games by an average of more than 17 points.
"This was a great college basketball game for us," Kentucky coach Tubby Smith said. "They are a very good team and very deserving of the No. 1 ranking. But our crowd and players were so into it, I could feel the energy in the building."
A devastating 15-0 run by Kentucky helped open up a 43-20 advantage with 45 seconds left in the first half on a dunk by Chuck Hayes. That jam came after Cliff Hawkins had a steal and a layup and Bogans threw home a resounding two-handed slam.
"We're playing with a good rhythm now," Hayes said. "We were kind of surprised (with the big lead), but we know our capabilities. We thought they would have some more offense, but that just shows how great our defense was."
Florida (18-3, 7-1) shot just 20 percent (6-of-30) in the first half and was 2-of-9 from beyond the arc in the first 20 minutes. The Gators' 22 points at halftime was their lowest total of the season.
"They did a great job of guarding us," Florida freshman Matt Walsh said. "In the first half, we didn't make the right cuts and screens and we were in a lull offensively."
The Wildcats made sure there was no hope of a comeback by taking advantage of more sloppy play by the Gators. Erik Daniels dunked off a fast break and Antwain Barbour added a two-handed reverse jam for a 60-31 cushion with 12:49 remaining.
The record crowd of 24,459 fans at Rupp Arena did not help matters for Florida, voicing its approval with every miscue by the Gators. The turnout clipsed the previous mark of 24,340 against Louisville in 1995.
"We have the greatest fans in the world and when they get going, they can really take you out of a game," Smith said. "We had Florida taking quick shots, which helped us get some easy baskets, and the crowd got us energized."
Matt Bonner, who missed his first six shots, failed to hustle back on Barbour's dunk and Gators coach Billy Donovan called a 20-second timeout to yell at his team.
"We were losing our heads a bit and played too much one-on-one," Donovan said. "Our mind-set was too much on offense and scoring. They took us out of our game."
Bogans did all of his scoring in the first half and Hawkins came up with eight assists for Kentucky, which shot 52 percent (19-of-37) in the first half. Daniels finished with 12 points and Hayes added nine.
Kentucky took the lead for good on Gerald Fitch's 3-pointer that made it 7-5 nearly two minutes into the contest. Florida was still within 22-18 after a pair of free throws by Walsh with under 14 minutes to go in the half.
Fitch and Hayes responded with 3-pointers for Kentucky's first double-digit lead before Florida's Adrian Moss converted a layup. Bogans nailed a jumper, Fitch put back his own miss and Bogans scored off a feed from Hawkins to trigger the 15-0 tear.
The Gators committed four turnovers and missed six shots as they were held scoreless for nearly five minutes during Kentucky's decisive run.
"We didn't play our best defense tonight, but coach keeps working with us to make us better," Fitch said. "Hopefully, this is the beginning of a championship team."
Freshman Anthony Roberson led Florida with 14 of his 18 points in the second half and Walsh finished with 15. The Gators' upperclassmen struggled as Bonner made 2-of-9 shots for six points and Brett Nelson was 2-of-8 for seven.
"I didn't think the freshmen were rattled, I think the seniors were," Donovan said. "They shot 5-for-21 collectively. We didn't get a point from the frontcourt in the first half."
Fitch grabbed seven rebounds and Hayes had six as Kentucky held a 36-29 edge on the glass. The Wildcats held a 40-18 advantage in points in the paint and scored 25 points off 19 turnovers.