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January 30, 2014

Instant Analysis: Gators extend win streak to 12

All you need to know about the No. 3 Gators (18-2, 7-0 Southeastern Conference) right now is they went to Mississippi State and defeated the Bulldogs (13-7, 3-4 SEC) 62-51 Thursday night and most won't consider it very impressive. Instant Analysis takes a look.

IT WAS OVER WHEN: After missing his first six, Michael Frazier II found fire down the stretch and made three consecutive 3-point shots to stifle every Mississippi State attempt at a rally late in the second half.

HE STOLE THE SHOW: Patric Young watched too often during the first half because of fouls but turned it on when the Gators needed separation. Striking a weakness inside, Young had a strong all-around game with 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in just 22 minutes.

THE STAT DOESN'T LIE: Florida played arguably its worst half of the season in the game's first 20 minutes. The Gators were slow and uninterested at times defensively and didn't make up for it offensively while shooting 37 percent from the field and 25 percent from beyond the arc. Both picked up in the second half. Florida shot 52 percent in the second half and only allowed four offensive rebounds.

WHAT A PLAY: The shot clock was ticking down as Kasey Hill left the perimeter in favor of the paint, penetrating deep to the basket before a nifty dish to Casey Prather about midway through the second half. Prather finished the play with a layup while drawing contact. Florida had its first double-digit lead of the game.

THE BOTTOM LINE: It was clear from the moment Young opened the game by attacking for two quick baskets, and crystal clear when Florida's outside shots started clanking into oblivion. The Gators had to attack the paint to get the job done against the Bulldogs. Young's performance has already been mentioned, but the Gators also got 16 points and seven rebounds out of Prather. After Young got in early foul trouble, Florida was forced to play without him and promptly struggled to get the ball inside.

UP NEXT: Florida plays host to Texas A&M (12-8, 3-4 SEC) Saturday at 4 p.m.

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