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Florida has beaten 'Bama in eight of nine games

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida finally has a quality win, and
it came in emphatic fashion over a familiar opponent.

David Lee, Anthony Roberson and Matt Walsh each scored 18 points
to lead the Gators past Alabama (No. 14 ESPN/USA Today; No. 11 AP) 85-54, their largest victory
ever against a ranked opponent.

"It's not about the margin of victory," Lee said. "It was
about getting that sixth [conference] win. We know if we leave
everything on the floor, then good things are going to happen."

Freshman Al Horford pulled down 18 rebounds for the Gators
(14-5, 6-2 Southeastern Conference), who blew it open early with a
15-0 run. Florida beat the Crimson Tide for the eighth time in
their last nine meetings.

Earnest Shelton and Chuck Davis had 15 points to pace Alabama
(17-4, 6-2).

Corey Brewer gave the Gators the lead for a good, 14-12, with a
breakaway dunk off an Alabama turnover. Lee followed with a
three-point play, hitting a turnaround jumper on the baseline as he
was fouled.

When Walsh hit a 3-pointer after Roberson made a leaping save on
the baseline, the Gators lead improved to 24-12 with 9:29 left.

The closest Alabama got the rest of the way was 11 points. Walsh
capped Florida's nearly perfect first half with a 3 at the buzzer
for a 46-23 lead.

"We never could get in a rhythm offensively, Alabama coach Mark
Gottfried said. "We seemed like we were a step slow defensively.
We weren't very sharp in any phase of the game, and they played
really well."

Florida's big three of Lee, Roberson and Walsh combined to shoot
19-of-35. Alabama made just 20 field goals.

In the first half, the Gators outrebounded the Crimson Tide
22-8, did not give up an offensive rebound and committed only one
turnover. Florida's lead got as big as 33 points in the second half
when it was 72-39.

It was the second-most lopsided win for Florida in series
history, trailing a 32-point victory in 1967.

Shelton picked up a foul while chasing down the opening tip 3
seconds into the game, setting the tone. Kennedy Winston, the SEC's
third-leading scorer, shot 3-of-12 and finished with six points.

The Crimson Tide had 23 rebounds, and the Gators grabbed 46 --
Horford had 18.

Alabama has struggled offensively in SEC road games. It averages
82 points in three conference home games and 60 points in five
games away from Tuscaloosa.