GAINESVILLE, Florida (Ticker) -- Matt Bonner scored 18 points to lead six scorers in double figures as No. 4 Florida recorded a school-record 19th straight home victory, 96-63, over Southeastern Conference rival South Carolina.
Florida shot 78 percent (21-of-27) from the field in the second half, including an 8-of-10 performance from 3-point range en route to its third straight win.
Leading 21-19, the Gators (23-4, 11-2 SEC East) broke open the game with a 14-4 run to end the first half. David Lee scored five points and Justin Hamilton added four in the burst, which was capped by freshman Anthony Roberson's two free throws with 33 seconds left.
Lee finished with 14 points and Hamilton added 12 for Florida, which started the second half with a 17-8 burst and held South Carolina to three buckets over the final 7 1/2 minutes.
"I thought from an offensive, defensive and team effort it was the best performance we've had all year," said Florida coach Billy Donovan. "I told my guys in the locker room that this was the way I envisioned our team playing."
Florida has not lost at home since a two-point setback to Kentucky on January 29, 2002. The victory tied the school record for regular-season victories, set by the 1993-94 team and matched by the 1999-2000 squad, both of which reached the Final Four.
The Gators are 1 1/2 games behind first-place Kentucky in the East.
Rolando Howell scored 16 points and Kerbrell Brown netted 10 as the Gamecocks (11-13, 3-8) lost their second straight following a four-game winning streak.
"Clearly, I think that they are the most skilled team in our league and one of the most skilled teams in the country playing basketball at this level," Gamecocks coach Dave Odom said.
The Gators shot 64 percent (34-of-53) from the field, including 12-of-18 from 3-point range.
"It was just a matter of executing on offense, being unselfish and making the extra pass," Bonner said. "We made sure that we were taking really good shots. It was definitely a lot of fun tonight."
Bonell Colas collected 11 points and seven rebounds and Roberson and Danish freshman Christian Drejer each scored 10 points for Florida.
After a bucket by Tony Kitchings cut the deficit to 21-19 with 5:27 to go, Brett Nelson's layup on the fast break touched off a 10-2 run by the Gators.
In the second half, the Gamecocks never ate into the halftime deficit as the Gators quickly lengthened their lead, maintaining a 20-point advantage for most of the final 10 minutes.
South Carolina shot 43 percent (26-of-61) from the field and fell to 1-10 on the road.
"They played a perfect game and showed why they are No. 4 in the country," Kitchings said.