Florida 64, Mississippi 61

Vernon Macklin scored a career-high 22 points and Erving Walker

converted six consecutive free throws in the final 41 seconds as

Florida defeated Mississippi 64-61 on Saturday.

The Gators (19-8, 8-4 Southeastern Conference) converted a

season-best 25 of 27 free throws, 93 percent, to earn the edge in a

battle of teams on the NCAA Tournament bubble. Chandler Parsons

scored 13 points and Walker added 10 for Florida.

Terrance Henry led Ole Miss (17-9, 5-7) with 17 points and Chris

Warren had 14 points. The Rebels, who were ranked No. 14 in

mid-January, have lost five of their last six contests.

Florida took a 58-56 lead with 58 seconds left on Kenny

Boynton’s layup after a steal by Alex Tyus. The Gators closed it

out on their final three possessions as Walker converted six free

throws.

Terrico White missed a potential game-tying 3-point shot at the

buzzer.