Orange crushed: Green leads Florida to Coaches vs. Cancer title
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Taurean Green scored 23 points, as Florida
beat No. 16 Syracuse, 75-70, in the championship game of the Coaches vs.
Cancer Classic at Madison Square Garden.
Lee Humphrey added 13 points, Joakim Noah scored 12 and Al Horford added 11
points for the Gators (4-0), who used a 12-0 run late in the second half to
beat the Orange.
Demetris Nichols had a career-high 24 points and Gerry McNamara had 13 points
and 10 assists to pace Syracuse (3-1), which struggled by shooting 37.5
percent from the field.
The Orange led 62-60 with 6:43 remaining, but Florida scored 12 consecutive
points, with Green netting five of them, to send the Gators to a 72-62
advantage with under two minutes remaining.
Green and Humphrey did most of their damage from beyond the arc. Green was 6-
of-9 from three-point range, while Humphrey was 4-of-9 from long distance.
Corey Brewer added nine rebounds for Florida.
Terrence Roberts had 12 points and seven rebounds for Syracuse, which had
beaten Memphis in the championship game of this tournament last year. Nichols
was 5-of-10 from three-point range.
There were 11 lead changes in the opening half, with the Orange holding a
44-43 edge at the intermission. Nichols had 18 points at the half on 7-of-11
shooting, while Green had 13 points.
The Gators scored 11 straight points to go in front 56-47. Noah canned four
free throws and Green drilled a three-pointer during the spurt.
However, Syracuse rebounded with nine consecutive points to tie the game.
Florida was 13-of-27 from the foul line, while Syracuse was 8-for-10…The
Orange went 8-of-25 from beyond the arc…Darryl Watkins had four blocks for
Syracuse…Florida and Syracuse were meeting for the first time since
1987…Florida is 34-4 all-time in the month of November under head coach
Billy Donovan…This was the second time Florida was in the Coaches vs. Cancer
Classic. In 2001-02, the Gators opened the season in the event, traveling to
Madison Square Garden where they defeated Temple, 72-64, before falling to
Arizona in the championship game, 75-71.