After struggling to hold on and get a win, after struggling yet again despite having a big lead at one point in the Alabama game on Thursday night, Gators coach Billy Donovan decided it was time to sit down and have a little talk with his players.

“I think you’ve got to try to create these situations where you’ve got to be desperate,” Donovan said after Florida jumped on Tennessee then blew out the Vols 67-41 on Saturday. “And a lot of times you’ve got to be desperate on each possession. And I think human nature is you always get a little complacent when you look at the scoreboard.”

The desperate attitude paid off with the Gators’ first win against the Vols since March 2011.

The No. 6 Gators (17-2) extended their home court winning streak to 26 and handed the Vols (12-7) their worst defeat this season. Tennessee’s previous low was 56 points against Texas A&M and it had won the last three meetings against Florida.

It was the Vols’ worst loss to the Gators since a 95-57 defeat on Jan. 10, 2004.

Adding insult to injury, leading scorer Jordan McRae was held to five points after coming in with a 19.2 average and was shut out in the second half. He finished just 1 of 15 from the field.

“I think like most scorers, if he gets going early in games he becomes very difficult to stop because he’s got really good range and size,” Donovan said. “I thought we made him take some tough shots early. He didn’t really have a lot of wide open looks; most of his shots were challenged.”

Florida’s Mike Frazier, the third-best 3-point shooter in the SEC, hit 3 of 5 behind the arc to finish with a team-high 17. Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes was the only Volunteer player to score in the first nine minutes-plus in the second half and finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

No one else was in double figures for the Vols. Scottie Wilbekin had 13 for the Gators, followed by Casey Prather with 12 and Patric Young’s 10.

“We came out with great energy and played with passion the whole game,” Frazier said. “That’s what we needed to do, we needed to play tough the whole game.”