GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dorian Finney-Smith scored 14 points, Eli Carter added 12 and Florida beat Auburn 75-55 Thursday night, winning its 24th consecutive Southeastern Conference game.
The Gators (10-6, 3-0 SEC) never trailed in this one, building a double-digit lead early and going up by as many as 24 early in the second half.
All 10 regulars scored, with Carter getting most of his in the first 20 minutes and Finney-Smith taking over after the break. Finney-Smith, who was limited in the first half because of foul trouble, scored just about every way imaginable. He had put-backs, tip-ins, made two 3-pointers and was perfect from the free-throw line.
Antoine Mason led Auburn (9-7, 1-2) with 13 points. Cinmeon Bowers added 11 points and 11 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season.
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Florida shot 49 percent from the floor and was 7 of 17 from beyond the arc.
Mason hit consecutive 3-pointers from the top of the key, cutting Florida's lead to 63-50 with 5:42 to play. Jordan Granger added another trey from the corner, making it a 10-point game for the first time since midway through the first half.
But the Gators held on down the stretch despite struggling from the free-throw line (12 of 18).
Florida won its eighth straight in the series and tied Kentucky for the second-longest winning streak in the SEC over the last 50 years. The Wildcats own the league's modern-day record, having won 26 in a row during the 1995-96 seasons.
Florida's fast start had a lot to do with its latest victory. The Gators made 10 of their first 17 shots and used a 15-0 run to take a 26-8 lead early.
Auburn misfired early and often, missing 14 of its first 17 games. The Tigers had two lengthy field-goal droughts, going seven minutes without a bucket in the first half and then 10 minutes without a basket later.
Florida's Michael Frazier II, who came off the bench for the third consecutive game, chipped in 11 points and eight rebounds. Kasey Hill added 12 points, seven assists and five rebounds.
Morehead St. 91, SIU-Edwardsville 63: Karam Mashour scored a career-high 22, on 8-of-10 shooting, and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Eagles.
Angelo Warner finished with 18 points and five assists for Morehead State (7-12, 2-2 Ohio Valley Conference). Miguel Dicent made a career-high three three-pointers and scored 13 points while Kareem Storey had a career-high seven assists and four steals.
The Eagles never trailed and used a 15-4 run to open up a 19-7 lead with 14:10 left in the first half. They led by double figures the rest of the way took a 47-28 advantage into halftime.
Morehead State shot 54 percent from the field and made 10 of 23 from 3-point range. SIU-Edwardsville, which was led by Jalen Henry's 12 points, shot worse than 30 percent from the field (28.3) for the first time since Nov. 17, 2011.
Western Ky. 88, Fla. Atlantic 85 (OT): T.J. Price scored 27 points and the Hilltoppers rallied from a 13-point deficit in the second half to win in overtime.
The victory gave Western Kentucky (11-5, 4-0 C-USA) six consecutive wins while handing the Owls (7-8, 0-4) their fourth straight loss.
George Fant added 23 points and 10 rebounds, his sixth straight double-double. Chris Harrison-Docks had 12 points, six in overtime as did Price, who went over 1,500 career points.
Western Ky. 80, Fla. Atlantic 43: Alexis Govan had 17 points and four steals in 22 minutes, Ileana Johnson scored 13 and the Hilltoppers kicked off their afternoon game with a 21-0 burst to quickly make it a rout.
Kendall Noble added 12 points for Western Kentucky (15-2, 4-0 Conference USA), winners of its last 11 at home and last 12 overall.
The Hilltoppers held the Owls without a point for the first 5:44. Govan scored eight of her 17 during that span.
Florida Atlantic (8-7, 2-2) shot 28.6 percent. Shaneese Bailey had 14 points, the only Owl to score more than six.
Eastern Ill. 68, Eastern Ky. 42: The Panthers connected on 51 percent of their shots (26-for-51) and led by as much as 28 during the romp to hand the Colonels their first Ohio Valley Conference loss.
Eastern Illinois (6-8, 1-3 OVC) scored 30 points off 20 turnovers by Eastern Kentucky (7-11, 4-1).
SIU-Edwardsville 62, Morehead St. 61: The Cougars (9-9, 4-1 OVC) went on a 24-9 at the end of the game to upend the host Eagles (6-11, 2-2).
It was the fifth straight meeting between the two programs to have been decided by three points or fewer.
Tennessee St. 76, Murray St. 72: The Racers (5-2, 0-4 OVC) dropped their fourth consecutive game after being outrebounded 57-44 by the Tigers (6-9, 3-1).
Shawnee St. 68, Georgetown 59: The Tigers (10-6, 1-4) dropped their fourth interleague game as Mid-South Conference play resumed after a December hiatus.
Lindsey Wilson 75, Pikeville 70: The Blue Raiders (15-4, 3-2 MSC) won their fourth in a row while snapping a five-game win streak owned by the Bears (14-5, 2-4).
Cumberlands 47, Cumberland 43: Brooke Forsythe scored 19 points for the Patriots (10-7, 4-2 MSC), who have won three straight.