No. 5 Gators cruise by Georgia to continue roll
Athens, GA (Sports Network) – Joakim Noah scored a career-high 24 points and
Taurean Green added 21, as fifth-ranked Florida pulled away early in the
second half for a 90-72 victory over Georgia at Stegeman Coliseum.
Lee Humphrey chipped in 18 points and Al Horford contributed 15 with 11
rebounds in the Southeastern Conference opener for the Gators (14-0, 1-0 SEC).
Florida shot 52.7 percent and matched a school record with its 14th straight
The Gators also won 14 consecutive games during the 2001-02 and 2002-03
Steve Newman scored 15 points to lead Georgia (10-4, 0-1), which had a three-
game winning streak stopped. Terrance Woodbury and Sundiata Gaines each had 14
points in defeat.
Florida scored the first five points and raced out to a 16-5 lead on a layup
by Corey Brewer with 14 1/2 minutes left in the first half. Georgia, though,
answered with the next 12 points to grab a 17-16 edge.
The lead traded hands over the next few minutes and a pair of free throws by
Woodbury with 2:55 remaining tied it at 30-30.
Green then hit a pair of free throws to ignite a run of eight straight Florida
points. He capped the burst with a three-pointer to make it a 38-30 game with
just under a minute to play in the half, but a shot from beyond the arc by
Levi Stukes sent Georgia into the break down only five.
The Gators regained the momentum early in the second half with a 9-2 run.
Humphrey scored all nine points for Florida and his shot from beyond the arc
made it a 47-35 game.
The lead hovered between 10 and 14 points for most of the next eight minutes
and reached 17 on a three-pointer by Green that made it 72-55 with just over
nine minutes remaining.
Green added a pair of free throws and Noah hit one from the stripe just over a
minute later to give Florida a 20-point cushion.
The Bulldogs got only as close as 12 points down from there.
Noah made 9-of-12 shots…Humphrey drained 5-of-10 three-point shots and
Florida finished 9-of-17 from beyond the arc…The Gators have won five
straight SEC openers…Woodbury played for the first time since November 21
after missing 10 games with a sprained knee. The freshman made 4-of-6 shots
and hit each of his six free throws…Stukes scored seven points for Georgia.