No. 2 Florida handles Mississippi State 83-58

No. 2 Florida handles Mississippi State 83-58
February 9, 2013, 7:37 pm
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Mississippi State guard Tyson Cunningham (24) is pressured by Florida guard Mike Rosario (3) and Florida guard Michael Frazier II (20) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Mike Rosario scored 18 points, Erik Murphy added 17 and No. 2 Florida bounced back from a humbling loss earlier in the week to thump short-handed Mississippi State 83-58 on Saturday.

The game looked every bit like a matchup of the Southeastern Conference's best and worst teams.

Then again, it wasn't nearly as lopsided as the 35-point beatdown the Gators handed the Bulldogs on their home court two weeks ago.

Casey Prather, playing in place of injured forward Will Yeguete, chipped in 12 points and five rebounds. Yeguete had arthroscopic surgery Friday to remove loose bodies in his right knee and will miss at least the rest of the regular season.

The Gators (19-3, 9-1 SEC) went 4-5 without him last season, but looked much better against the Bulldogs.

Mississippi State (7-15, 2-8) played without guard Jalen Steele, who didn't make the trip after being suspended indefinitely for violating team rules.