LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Jamal Murray scored a career-high 35 points, and No. 20 Kentucky beat Florida 80-61 on Saturday.
The Wildcats (17-6, 7-3 Southeastern Conference) ended a rare two-game losing streak while improving to 15-0 at home.
Murray also made a career-best eight of Kentucky's season-high 12 3-pointers. The freshman set the tone for the blowout with 20 points in the first half.
Kentucky blew a 21-point lead in an 84-77 loss at Tennessee in its last outing. It got off to another fast start against the Gators, but closed it out with ease this time around.
Dorian Finney-Smith led the Gators (15-8, 6-4) with 24 points. John Egbuno had 12 points.
Murray and Ulis combined for 35 points to help Kentucky to a 50-32 lead at the break. The Wildcats then opened the second half with an 8-0 run, including a 3 for Murray that took a fortunate bounce on the rim.
Florida shot 39.6 percent (21 for 53) from the field. It went 6 for 19 from 3-point range, compared to 12 for 20 for Kentucky.
Kentucky senior Alex Poythress was shelved by a right knee injury. Poythress had 14 points on 6-for-9 shooting in the loss to the Volunteers.
Poythress tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last season and missed the final 29 games. He scored a career-high 25 points in a 77-61 win at Alabama last month.
Kentucky: The Wildcats have won their last four games against Florida after the Gators earned a season sweep in 2014. ... Murray has made a 3 in his first 23 games, a school record.
Florida: The Gators fell to 1-5 this season against teams ranked in the Top 25.
Kentucky hosts Georgia on Tuesday night.
Florida hosts Ole Miss on Tuesday night.