GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- After trailing much of the second half, Florida scored nine straight points to fight back into the lead midway through and held off upset-minded Richmond 67-58 Saturday.
The Gators outscored the Spiders 11-0 from the 4:48 mark in the second half until guard Kendall Anthony finally hit a runner in the lane for Richmond with 1:06 remaining.
Richmond (10-5), which had not lost a game in regulation since Nov. 23 (two overtime defeats), fell behind almost right away. It was 18-11 after a bucket by center Patric Young midway through the first half and No. 12 Florida seemed on the verge of an easy blowout win.
Florida (11-2) outscored the Spiders 20-10 in the paint in the first half. But Richmond's 5-foot-8 Anthony scored five points and forward Derrick Williams added a bucket in a 7-2 run to end the half and cut the margin to 25-23 at the break.
Florida had a 21-11 rebounding advantage but made just 1 of 9 3-pointers in the opening half. Both teams were below 42 percent overall from the field.
Guard Cedrick Lindsay (19 points) and Anthony (15 points) hit consecutive 3-point attempts at the outset of the second half to give Richmond leads at 26-25 and 29-27. It was the first time the Spiders had been in front since forward Deion Taylor's 3-pointer had put Richmond up 3-2.
The Spiders, who came into the game with eight wins in their last 15 meetings with ranked opponents, led 35-31 with 13:11 to play. But Florida guard Mike Frazier, who has made at least one shot from behind the arc in all 13 games, hit back-to-back threes to put Florida back on top. Lindsay's three tied it back up at 38.
Lindsay, who had 14 3-pointers the entire season, hit his third of the game to put the Spiders back on top.
It was 46-42 after a basket and foul shot by Anthony with less than nine minutes remaining.
But Young (15 points, six rebounds) and forward Casey Prather (12 points, seven boards ) both had baskets and a foul shot to put the Gators back on top. Forward Dorian Finney-Smith hit his first 3-pointer and UF led 58-50 with less than four minutes to go.
Frazier (18 points), Young and guard Scottie Wilbekin hit 5 of 6 foul shots down the stretch to lock it up.
NOTES: Florida came into Saturday with the nation's fifth-longest winning streak (22) and two shy of the school mark of 24. ... The Gators have held opponents to 22.4 points an outing in the last five. ... Richmond's 23 points was its lowest first-half total this season. ... Neither team made a free throw -- a combined 0-for-2, both by the Spiders -- before Young
hit one of two for the Gators with 11:34 to play in the contest.