Senior forward Casey Prather scored 16 points, lifting No. 3 Florida to a 62-51 win over Mississippi State on Thursday night in Starkville, Miss.

Florida (18-2, 7-0 SEC) won its 12th straight game, continuing its longest in-season winning streak since running off 17 victories in a row to start the 2005-06 season.

Senior center Patric Young added 12 points and eight rebounds, and senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin had eight points and eight assists for the Gators.

Junior forward Colin Borchert led Mississippi State (13-7, 3-4) with 15 points. Sophomore guard Craig Sword added 12 points and freshman point guard I.J. Ready had 10 points and four rebounds for the Bulldogs, who finished 10-22 last season.

The Bulldogs dropped to 11-2 at home this season.

Ahead just 27-26 at halftime, Florida built a 13-point lead in the second half. The Gators overcame a poor shooting night on 3-pointers (6 of 20, 30 percent) and at the free-throw line (8 of 19, 42.1 percent).

Florida scored 14 points off turnovers and outrebounded Mississippi State 38-30.

The Gators came into the game with its highest ranking since climbing to No. 2 in the country on Feb. 4, 2013. That week Florida suffered an 80-69 upset loss at Arkansas.

In the first half against Mississippi State, the favored Gators appeared in danger of another upset loss. Borchert sparked the Bulldogs with two early 3-pointers, helping Mississippi State jump to a 14-13 lead.

Down 16-15, Florida answered with an 8-0 run, which included a 3-pointer from Wilbekin and driving layups in transition from Prather and freshman point guard Kasey Hill. Hill's layup gave Florida a 23-16 lead.