Alabama 86, Florida 71


WHAT HAPPENED: Guard Keon Ellis scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds to pace a balanced and impressive Crimson Tide up-and-down assault Tuesday night at Coleman Coliseum in a battle for first place in the Southeastern Conference. Ellis hit five of his six field-goal attempts, including all three 3-pointers, and tied for high-scoring honors with forward Herb Jones and guard Jaden Shackelford, with their 16, followed by 15 points from forward James Rojas, plus another 12 points from standout guard John Petty. The 75 points from those five players alone would have been enough to beat the Gators, who shot just 39.7 percent from the floor after coming into the game leading the SEC in field-goal percentage at at 50.6. The win left Alabama as the lone unbeaten team through three games in the SEC. The Gators led by three, at 24-21, with less than seven minutes to go in the first period when Bama went on an 8-0 run, keyed by a couple 3-pointers by forward Alex Reese, to take a five-point lead. The margin swelled to 10 late in the first half, as the Tide roughed the Gators up on the glass, with 10 offensive rebounds on 18 missed shots,

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