Saturday , Jan , 14 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Green helps keep Florida perfect

Gainesville, FL (Sports Network) – Taurean Green had 21 points, including 12-
of-12 from the line, and five assists as the second-ranked Florida Gators
defeated the Auburn Tigers, 69-57, at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

Al Horford scored 14 points and grabbed seven boards and Joakim Noah added 10
points and eight rebounds for the Gators (16-0, 3-0 SEC), who currently hold
the longest winning streak in school history.

Frank Tolbert paced the Tigers (8-6, 0-3) with 21 points and Josh Dollard
contributed 12 points and six rebounds in the loss, Auburn’s third

The Tigers led for most of the first half as Florida had trouble draining
three-pointers, a key cog in its offense, but the Gators managed to take a
34-33 lead into the second 20 minutes

Auburn was trailing 47-45 after Ronny LeMelle’s trey with 13:25 to play, but
Florida went on a 12-2 run, highlighted by seven points from Chris Richard.

After the Gators spurt the Tigers could not get any closer than 61-52 as they
hit two field goals in the last 5 1/2 minutes.

Florida opened the game with a 10-2 run, capped by Horford’s layup. The Tigers
clawed back with their own 9-0 spurt, highlighted by Tolbert’s three-pointer.

The teams traded baskets throughout the half until Auburn used an 8-3 streak,
including five points from Tolbert, to grab a 31-27 edge with 1:36 left in the
opening frame.

The Gators led 34-33 as they scored the final four points of the half. Florida
shot 41 percent from the field, while Auburn connected on 45 percent of its
shots, including 4-of-8 from behind the arc, in the opening 20 minutes.

Game Notes

Florida shot 40 percent from the field, including 7-of-21 from beyond the arc,
while Auburn connected on 42 percent of its shots…The Gators scored 20
points off 23 Tigers turnovers…Auburn only took five foul shots…The Tigers
won the rebounding battle 38-33…Florida has won the last seven
meetings…Auburn leads the series 86-65.