#8 Mississippi State vs. Florida (W Basketball)

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(8) Mississippi St 76

(14-1, 1-0 SEC)

Florida 70

(12-2, 0-1 SEC)

No. 8 Mississippi State beats Florida 76-70 for 9th in a row

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Morgan Willam scored a season-high 21 points, leading four Mississippi State players in double figures, and the No. 8 Bulldogs beat Florida 76-70 in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams Sunday.

The Bulldogs (14-1) extended their winning streak to nine and ended Florida's 12-game winning streak.

The Gators (12-2) trailed by double digits much of the afternoon, but cut the lead to 72-68 on Carlie Needles' 3-pointer with 49 seconds to play. They couldn't get any closer and lost for the first time since Nov. 13.

Mississippi State won consecutive league openers for the first time since 1992-93. The latest one was a collective effort.

William made two 3-pointers and five free throws in the closing minutes. Leading scorer Victoria Vivians (14), Breanna Richardson (11) and Dominique Dillingham (10) also reached double figures.

Needles led Florida with 17 points.