GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Patric Young made a pair of free throws with 19 seconds left and Auburn threw the ball away on the ensuing inbounds play, helping the second-ranked Gators to a 70-66 victory on Wednesday night.
With No. 1 Syracuse losing to Boston College 62-59 in OT, Florida could move in the top spot in The Associated Press college basketball poll for the first time since the 2006-07 season.
The victory was Florida's school-record 18th in a row and it kept the Gators (24-2, 13-0) perfect in Southeastern Conference play. It was also Florida's 31st consecutive home victory.
Young led the Gators with 17 points and had seven rebounds. Tahj Shamsid-Deen led Auburn (12-12, 4-9) with 17 points.
After Young's free throws put the Gators ahead 68-66, Harrell glanced up-court and never saw Allen Payne's inbounds pass. The ball bounced out of bounds and the Gators sealed the victory from the free throw line.