Alabama had an eight-point lead and all the momentum at No. 8 Florida.
Then the Crimson Tide went cold, a lengthy icy stretch that changed the game and possibly the top seeds in the Southeastern Conference tournament.
Casey Prather had 10 points and nine rebounds, most of them in the second half, and the Gators rallied from the second-half deficit to beat Alabama 64-52 on Saturday.
The Gators used a 15-0 run - fueled by Prather - to pull away from the Crimson Tide and remain unbeaten (14-0) at home.
''I think our guys showed that winning was important,'' Florida coach Billy Donovan said. ''But I thought Alabama outplayed us. They were more prepared than us. I thought their kids came in with a lot of energy, a lot of focus, a lot of passion. You've got to give them a lot of credit. They put themselves in a position to win and they could have very easily won that game.''
Erik Murphy led Florida (23-5, 13-3 SEC) with 15 points. Kenny Boynton added 13, and Scottie Wilbekin chipped ...