UF holds on for 68-61 win over Auburn

Casey Prather returned from a knee injury to score a team-high 21 in the win.

Author: Matt Kingston, Sports producer, mkingsto@wjxt.com
Published On: Jan 18 2014 06:42:36 PM EST
AUBURN, Al. -

Back for the first time in two games, 7th ranked Florida needed all of Casey Prather's team-high 21 points to hold on for the 68-61 win at Auburn.

Prather had 16 points in the first half after missing the past two games with a badly bruised right knee. He made 8 of 10 shots for the Gators (15-2, 4-0 Southeastern Conference), who have won nine straight games and eight in a row at Auburn (8-7, 0-4).
   
Tahj Shamsid-Deen hit a jump shot with 1:59 left to cut Florida's lead to 62-61, but Scottie Wilbekin answered with a fadeaway jumper. Wilbekin made 2 of 4 free throws over the final 48 seconds.
   
Patric Young blocked KT Harrell's attempt to bring Auburn to within two points in between those trips to the line.
   
Wilbekin finished with 16 points. Chris Denson led Auburn with 21.