GAINESVILLE, Florida (Ticker) -- Playing against the 14th-ranked team in the country did not faze Florida in the least.
David Lee, Anthony Roberson and Matt Walsh each scored 18 points as Florida continued its dominance in the Southeastern Conference series against No. 14 Alabama with an 85-54 rout.
Since a loss to Vanderbilt on January 5, Alabama (17-4, 6-2 SEC West) won six straight games to climb atop the SEC West standings. But that streak did not impress Florida, which had won seven of the previous eight meetings with the Crimson Tide.
This one was no different as the Gators (14-5, 6-2 SEC East) erased a 12-9 deficit with a 15-0 run midway through the first half, highlighted by five points from Lee, for a 24-12 lead. Ahead, 34-22, with 4:16 remaining, Florida used a 12-1 burst to enter the break with a 46-23 cushion.
The key to Florida's strong first half was its 6-of-15 shooting from the arc, with Roberson hitting three 3-pointers and Walsh adding a pair, including one at the buzzer. Roberson scored 13 points before the break and Lee chipped in 11.
The Gators cruised in the second half with runs of 8-0 and 9-0. Walsh scored nine points and Lee added seven. Florida was 13-of-27 (48 percent) in the final 20 minutes, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range.
As Walsh did in the first half, freshman Taurean Green closed the game with Florida's ninth 3-pointer. It helped create the largest margin of victory over a ranked opponent in school history for the Gators.
The Gators held a 24-15 rebounding edge in the final 20 minutes. They had an overall advantage of 46-23 and committed a season-low five turnovers.
Florida also dominated on second-chance points, 20-3, and produced an 18-5 edge in points off turnovers.
Walsh handed out seven assists and freshman Al Horford had 14 points and 18 rebounds for Florida, which is second in the SEC East.
Chuck Davis and Earnest Shelton scored 15 points apiece for Alabama, which had season lows in points and rebounds.