Florida skips past Ole Miss 64-61

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) 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.

Updated February 20, 2010