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No. 3 Florida has all 5 starters in double figures, beats Alabama 78-69 for 15th straight win

  • Florida center Patric Young (4) shoots over Alabama forward Nick Jacobs (15) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Gainesville, Fla. (photo by Phil Sandlin)

    Florida center Patric Young (4) shoots over Alabama forward Nick Jacobs (15) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Gainesville, Fla. (photo by Phil Sandlin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Florida's Chris Walker (23) tries to blocks shot by Alabama guard Levi Randolph (20) but fails during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Gainesville, Fla. (photo by Phil Sandlin)

    Florida's Chris Walker (23) tries to blocks shot by Alabama guard Levi Randolph (20) but fails during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Gainesville, Fla. (photo by Phil Sandlin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Florida guard Florida forward Casey Prather (24) gets past Alabama forward Shannon Hale (11) as he goes to the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Gainesville, Fla. (photo by Phil Sandlin)

    Florida guard Florida forward Casey Prather (24) gets past Alabama forward Shannon Hale (11) as he goes to the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Gainesville, Fla. (photo by Phil Sandlin)  (The Associated Press)

Scottie Wilbekin scored 16 points, leading all five starters in double figures, and No. 3 Florida beat Alabama 78-69 on Saturday for its 15th straight victory.

The Gators handled the Tide for the second time in 16 days and extended a school record for consecutive home wins to 29.

Florida (21-2, 10-0 Southeastern Conference) shot a blistering 62 percent from the field and finished with a season-high 22 assists.

Coach Billy Donovan's team trailed by seven points late in the first half before taking over the game in the paint and in transition. That opened things up on the perimeter for Wilbekin and Michael Frazier II.

Wilbekin was 3-for-5 shooting from behind the arc, making all three in the second half. Frazier was 3 for 8 from the 3-point range.

Trevor Releford led the Tide (9-14, 3-7) with 25 points on 7-for-10 shooting. He was 4 for 6 from behind the 3-point line and perfect on seven free throws.