GAINESVILLE, Florida (Ticker) -- Anthony Roberson and Florida got back on the winning track.
Roberson scored 21 points as the 17th-ranked Gators snapped a two-game skid with a 68-52 Southeastern Conference victory over Auburn.
Florida (12-4, 3-2 SEC East) entered after back-to-back losses to Vanderbilt and Mississippi State, but was boosted by the return of swingman Christian Drejer. The sophomore missed Wednesday's 79-68 loss to the Bulldogs due to back problems.
With Drejer running the show and Roberson hitting from outside, Florida bolted to a quick 17-5 lead. The Gators took a 30-22 lead into halftime.
"I was happy with our effort and we made some strides in the right direction," Florida coach Billy Donovan said. "I thought our press improved but we got a little tired in the second half so we had to go to zone. We tried to do some things to alleviate pressure on our big guys."
Auburn (11-6, 2-4 West) pulled within 44-42 on Ian Young's jumper with just over 12 minutes left. Florida countered with the next 11 points, including four by David Lee, to extend to a 13-point cushion.
Roberson's five 3-pointers helped Florida to 10-of-20 shooting from the arc. The Gators overcame a 2-of-9, six-point performance from Matt Walsh.
"Our players were hitting from the outside, hitting some open three, open shots," Roberson said. "I think we felt good about ourselves. We played some good defense and they missed a couple of open 3-pointers. I think our defense kept us in the game today."
Drejer finished with seven points and six assists, alleviating Florida's inability to run its offensive sets on Wednesday.
Florida's pressure defense resulted in 28 points off 22 turnovers by Auburn, which had three players with at least four turnovers. The Tigers fell to 0-4 on the road.
Marco Killingsworth collected 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead Auburn and Kyle Davis added five blocks. But the starting backcourt of Brandon Robinson and Lewis Monroe combined to connect on 4-of-12 shots for 12 points.
The Gators have won five straight against the Tigers.