Florida took command in the closing minutes of the game to post a 67-58 victory over Richmond in college basketball Saturday afternoon in Gainesville, Fla.
Guard Michael Frazier II scored 14 of his team-high 18 points in the second half as the Gators (11-2) outscored the visiting Spiders (10-5) 18-8 over the last five minutes to win their 23rd consecutive home game.
Center Patric Young added 15, forward Casey Prather 12, and guard Scottie Wilbekin 10 for the Gators.
Richmond guard Cedrick Lindsay led all scorers with 19 points, but his backcourt mate, Kendall Anthony, was the only other Spider in double figures with 15 points.
Florida dominated the boards 44-22, but the Spiders made a game of it in the second half after going to the locker room down 25-23 at the break.
The Spiders took their first lead since the opening minutes, 26-25, on Anthony's 3-pointer and worked their way out to a 35-31 lead before the Gators responded with a 7-0 run.
For the next few minutes, it seemed that every time the Gators tried to get something going, the Spiders had an answer -- until Prather's short bank shot and free throw gave Florida a 55-50 lead with 3:50 remaining.
Florida went up by eight points on forward Dorian Finney-Smith's 3-pointer; and, with 2:04 left, Frazier canned two free throws to give the Gators their first double-digit lead, 60-50. Young hit one of two free throws with 1:28 remaining to put the Gators up 61-50.
The Spiders missed their final three shots, all from 3-point range.