MIAMI (Ticker) -- Matt Walsh got aggressive and his teammates followed suit.
Walsh scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half as No. 13 Florida rallied for a 70-57 victory over West Virginia in the Orange Bowl Classic.
Florida (6-2) entered off back-to-back losses that dropped it from its second top ranking in school history. Walsh had just one basket in the first half and did not get to the free-throw line as the Gators trailed, 35-29.
Walsh rectified matters with a dunk to start the second half that fired up his team and himself. He continued to attack the basket, was 8-of-8 at the line and added a career-high six steals.
West Virginia (5-3) had a three-game winning streak snapped. The Mountaineers upset the Gators last season, 68-66.
"I told the team that this is a Big East road game right here," Mountaineers coach John Beilein said. "This is what it's like trying to go to Syracuse and trying to go to Connecticut and those type of places and win."
After Florida jumped out to a 10-3 lead, West Virginia went inside to its bulky frontcourt to rally. Drew Schifino and reserve D'or Fischer combined for 16 points as the Mountaineers got untracked.
Freshman Tyler Relph's 3-pointer gave West Virginia a 42-38 advantage before Florida assumed control by scoring 20 of the next 21 points. Walsh scored six points in the run and Christian Drejer added five.
West Virginia committed 14 of its 17 turnoveres in the second half, falling apart against Florida's pressure. The Mountaineers went more than 11 minutes without a basket in one stretch.
"They upped the pressure a little bit, they went to more trapping type of things and we had some quick turnovers and basically we lost a lot of confidence," Beilein said. "We missed a bunch of easy, easy shots while Florida was making their run."
Drejer and David Lee each scored 15 points for Florida, which has won five straight in the Orange Bowl Classic. Center Bonell Colas, a Miami native playing his final game in his hometown, had just one basket in nine minutes.
The Gators also bottled up Schifino and Fischer, who combined for only 11 points after halftime.