By BRETT MARTEL
AP Sports Writer
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Antonio Blakeney scored a career-high 32 points, hitting eight straight free throws in the last 28 seconds, and LSU ended a three-game losing streak with a 96-91 victory over recently struggling Florida on Saturday night.
Ben Simmons had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers (17-12, 10-6 Southeastern Conference), who maintained an inside track to a double-bye in the SEC tournament by remaining in the top four in the league standings with two regular season games left.
Tim Quarterman had 15 for LSU, which shot 56 percent and led by as many as 18 in the second half before Florida got as close as one basket in the final half-minute.
John Egbunu scored a career-high 22 points for Florida (17-12, 8-8), but missed seven free throws as the Gators lost their third straight. Kasey Hill scored 16 and Devin Robinson 15 for Florida.