- Mike DiRocco, ESPN Staff Writer
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida doesn't have to play for five more days. After what the Gators have gone through the past three, they certainly need the time off.
After rallying for a road victory at Ole Miss on Thursday night, Florida survived another physical battle against Mississippi State on Saturday at the O'Connell Center. The Gators got 19 points from Bradley Beal, 14 points from Erik Murphy and 12 points and six rebounds from Patric Young.
The Gators -- who improved to 5-1 in Saturday games following a Thursday game in the past three seasons -- committed just five turnovers but got out-rebounded 34-26.
No. 13 Florida (17-4, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) doesn't play against until Thursday at home against South Carolina.
Player of the game: Beal went 6-for-9 from the field and 3-for-4 from the 3-point line. He had made just three 3-pointers in his three previous games.
Noteworthy: Mississippi State went to the free-throw line 14 times, but Florida didn't make its first trip to the line until 5:22 remained in the game. Will Yeguete went 0-2 and Erving Walker went 0-1 with 2:04 to play. The Gators didn't make their first free throw until Beal made the first of his four with 1:13 remaining. ... Before Saturday's 12-point UF victory, each of the last six meetings between the teams have been decided by single digits. The Gators were 2-4 in those games.
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