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Gators roll Alabama to clinch a share of the SEC championship

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With their 78-51 victory over Alabama Tuesday night, the Gators clinched a share of their first SEC championship since 2007. 

The Gators (23-6, 11-3) were led by Chandler Parsons' 19 points and 11 rebounds, as the Gators dominated the second-half following an even first half. The Gators used several second half runs to put distance between them and the SEC West champions.

On senior night, Florida's othwe seniors also scored in double figures: Alex Tyus had 12 points and nine rebounds, Vernon Macklin had 19 points and six rebounds. Kenny Boynton was the other Gator in double figures with 14 points.

Florida shot 69 percent in the second half and locked up Alabama (19-10, 11-4), forcing the Tide to shoot 28 percent from the field after they made 55 percent of their shots in the first half. The Gainesville Sun reported that Parsons provided the halftime message and got the Gators moving in the last 20 minutes.

Especially important is that UF was able to have the energy to execute a second half rally, when they had played three games in six days. While that is not the back-to-back schedule they will play next week at the SEC Tournament, it is setting them up for that environment.

Florida can win the SEC outright in the regular season finale Saturday at Vanderbilt.