The victory was coach Billy Donovan’s 400th with the Gators, making him the third coach in Southeastern Conference history to accomplish that feat with the same school. He joined Kentucky’s Adolph Rupp and Louisiana State University’s Dale Brown in the 400-win club.
Florida, which won its sixth consecutive game, also made a statement about being the class of the Southeastern Conference. And the Gators (14-2, 4-0) aren’t even fully healthy.
Erik Murphy scored 15 points despite playing with a broken finger, and Kenny Boynton added 14.
Jabari Brown led Missouri (13-4, 2-2) with 16 points.
LOUISIANA STATE 58
In Athens, Ga., Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 22 points to lead Georgia past Louisiana State University for its first conference win of the season.
Caldwell-Pope added six steals and five assists for the Bulldogs (7-10, 1-3), who snapped a three-game skid.
Johnny O’Bryant III led LSU (9-6, 0-4) with 16 points.
SOUTH CAROLINA 51
In Columbia, Kyle Fuller scored 12 points and Dai-Jon Parker 11 as Vanderbilt (7-9, 1-3 SEC) held on down the stretch to defeat South Carolina (11-6, 1-3).
The Commodores (7-9, 1-3) led 45-35 with 8:35 to go after a free throw by Shelby Moats. South Carolina (11-6, 1-3) used a 14-6 run over the next six minutes to get within a basket at 51-49, but the Gamecocks got no closer.
Brenton Williams had 16 points for South Carolina.
KENTUCKY 75, AUBURN 53
In Auburn, Ala., Kyle Wiltjer scored 17 points for the second consecutive game and Kentucky (12-5, 3-1) held Auburn without a 3-pointer in a victory.
The Wildcats turned a five-point halftime game into a rout for their 14th consecutive win over the Tigers (8-9, 2-2) and 28th in 29 meetings.
Auburn missed all 15 3-point attempts. It was the first time the Tigers hadn’t made a 3 in a game since going 0 for 14 at Mississippi on March 1, 1997.
MISSISSIPPI 76, ARKANSAS 64
In Oxford, Miss., Marshall Henderson scored 16 points, Murphy Holloway added 15 and Mississippi (15-2, 4-0) pulled away from Arkansas (11-6, 2-2) .
The Rebels are off to their best start in conference play since the 1936-37 season.
Arkansas was led by 16 points from Marshawn Powell.
MISSISSIPPI STATE 57
In Knoxville, Tenn., Jarnell Stokes had 18 points and 11 rebounds as Tennessee (9-7) defeated Mississippi State (7-9, 2-2) to avoid starting 0-4 in conference competition for the first time since 1993-94.
Jalen Steele scored 15 points for Mississippi State.
TEXAS A&M 49
In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Trevor Lacey scored 14 points and hit the game-winning jumper with 9 seconds left as Alabama (11-6, 3-1) overcame a 14-point first-half deficit to edge Texas A&M (12-5, 2-2).
Texas A&M took the lead on Fabyon Harris’ jumper with 19 seconds to go. After an Alabama timeout, Lacey scored for the final margin.