Published March 01, 2014
Nashville, TN – Gainesville, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Dorian Finney-Smith scored 16 points and the top-ranked Florida Gators extended their school-record winning streak to 21 games with a 79-61 rout of the LSU Tigers.
Finney-Smith went 4-of-8 from beyond the arc for the Gators (27-2, 16-0 SEC), who have now won 31 consecutive games at home. Casey Prather and Michael Frazier II each had 14 points.
Scottie Wilbekin donated 11 points for Florida, which shot 57.4 percent from the field and went 13-of-23 from beyond the arc.
"If we shoot 3s like that, we'll never lose," Wilbekin said.
Johnny O'Bryant III ended with 18 points and seven rebounds for the Tigers (17-11, 8-8), who have dropped four of six. Jordan Mickey tallied 14 points and 10 boards.
The Gators opened up a 19-7 lead following consecutive 3-pointers from DeVon Walker and Finney-Smith.
Holding a 21-14 lead, Florida made a trio of 3-pointers during an 11-0 run. Finney-Smith capped the surge with a pair of free throws to make it a 32-14 contest with 4:21 left in the first half.
The Gators made nine 3-pointers over the first 20 minutes to grab a 41-25 edge.
"They were hitting on all cylinders," LSU head coach Johnny Jones said. "They were great defensively and made big shots."
Florida led by as many as 29 in the second half.
LSU holds a 60-43 edge in the all-time series with Florida, but the Gators have won six straight over the Tigers ... Florida clinched the SEC regular- season title with Kentucky's loss to Arkansas on Thursday night.