The Kentucky Wildcats picked up their sixth straight victory Saturday with a 65-59 win over the Florida Gators at Rupp Arena.
The first half was a seesaw battle and ended with both teams’ tied at 31 entering the halftime locker rooms after Florida’s Ques Glover nailed a three at the buzzer.
Florida came out firing in the second half to take a 40-33 lead with 17:04 to play, but then Immanuel Quickley got on a roll for the Wildcats.
Quickley scored 15 Wildcats points in a six-minute stretch to help turn a seven-point deficit into a six-point lead that they’d never surrender. Thanks to the big run, Quickley led all scorers with 26 points.
Tyrese Maxey also had a big night for the Wildcats as he scored 13 points with seven assists and six rebounds.
Keyontae Johnson led the way for the Gators with 19 points while graduate transfer Kerry Blackshear finished the night with 18.
Throughout the night, Blackshear was met with jeers from the UK crowd as he chose to attend Florida for his final college season despite an offer from Kentucky.
In the loss, Florida star Scottie Lewis who also held an offer from UK while in high school was limited to just two points
With the win, Kentucky extended their lead over Florida to three games in the SEC standings. The Cats lead both Auburn and LSU by two games with four regular season contests remaining. They’ll be back in action Tuesday when they travel to College Station to take on Texas A&M.