- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Highly touted freshman Chris Walker gave the home fans something to cheer about early.

Michael Frazier II sent them home happy.

Frazier II scored 14 points, hitting four 3-pointers in the second half, and Walker had two crowd-pleasing dunks in his college debut as the third-ranked Gators beat Missouri 68-58 on Tuesday night.

Florida won its 14th consecutive game and extended a school record with its 28th straight victory at home.

Frazier came up huge in the latest one. The sophomore drained three 3-pointers in a 2-minute span in the second half, giving Florida some breathing room in a tight, back-and-forth game. Frazier, who missed all four shots from behind the arc in the first half, made 4 of 7 after the break.

“Him giving up an open 3 is like a turnover because it’s probably one of the best shots we can get as a team,” center Patric Young said.

Young’s driving layup with 4:10 remaining gave the Gators (20-2, 9-0 Southeastern Conference) a 58-48 lead. It showed Florida’s concerted effort to work the ball inside-out, something that rarely happened in the first half against Missouri’s zone.

Missouri’s 3-point shooting kept the Tigers (16-6, 4-5) in it for much of the game.

Missouri made 8 of 21 from behind the arc, but just 4 of 13 in the second half. The Tigers went more than 4 minutes without a point, a stretch that helped Florida build its biggest lead.

“We knew it was going to be a slugfest,” Missouri coach Frank Haith said. “We were OK with that. … Our game plan was good and we were executing. Then they got going. They got it in the paint, they got to the free throw line and got aggressive there in the second half, and that was the difference in the game.”

Jabari Brown led the Tigers with 15 points while Jordan Clarkson added 14.

Scottie Wilbekin finished with a career-high 19 points for the Gators. He was 13 of 16 from the free throw line, most of them down the stretch. Young chipped in 13 points and six rebounds.

But Frazier’s 3s were the key.

“He’s one of a kind,” Wilbekin said. “There’s not too many shooters out there that’s better than Frazier.”

Florida coach Billy Donovan notched his 16th consecutive 20-win season. Only Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski have longer active streaks.

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