This one came down to a last-second 3-point attempt by Ramel Bradley that would have tied the score, but the defending national champions held on for the victory. “I thought it was going to fall it,” Bradley said. “It was a tough shot to get off.” Florida was up 63-54 with 20 seconds left before Bradley hit consecutive 3s to cut the margin to three. Prior to that, Kentucky (18-7, 7-3) had made just one of 19 attempts from beyond the arc and was threatening the school-worst 1-of-19 performance set in 2002 against South Carolina. It had been 20 years since the Wildcats, college basketball’s winningest program, lost five times in a row to one opponent. Tennessee was the last to do it from 1975-77. No team has beaten Kentucky in six straight. “Everyone just stepped it up a little more, and you definitely need to do that when playing in front of a great crowd like (Kentucky’s), here at a historical place,” Florida guard Taurean Green said. “We’re just trying to build and be like Kentucky is,” Gators coach Billy Donovan said. “Sometimes maybe people have harsh expectations, and that’s unfair. We’re trying to build a program, build a tradition.” LEXINGTON, Ky. – Last year, Florida ran through the NCAA tournament. This season, the Gators are dominating the Southeastern Conference. Top-ranked Florida (23-2, 16-0) won its 16th straight overall, 64-61 on Saturday night, and fifth in a row against No. 20 Kentucky – the program that has been the league standard bearer. A record crowd of 24,465 was hoping to see Kentucky’s 400th victory at Rupp Arena. Instead, the Gators won back-to-back games in the building for the first time since 1988-89. During practices this week, Kentucky players watched footage of a game between the two teams in 2003 in which Florida came in No. 1 but instead was walloped by the Wildcats 70-55. This one was far different, both in the outcome and the margin. Corey Brewer scored 16 points to lead the Gators while Randolph Morris had 18 points for the Wildcats. Green nailed a 3-pointer with 8 minutes to go in the first half that gave the Gators their biggest lead at 30-14. But Kentucky followed seconds later with a 10-0 run, pulling within four on a jumper by Bobby Perry. Green hit his third 3-pointer in three attempts to stop the run, and Jonathan Mitchell made a layup just before halftime to stretch the Gators’ lead to 36-27. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!