Saturday , Feb , 11 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Florida fights hards in second half, defeats LSU

Gainesville, FL (Sports Network) – Joakim Noah and Al Horford each netted 16
points to give the seventh-ranked Florida Gators a hard-fought 71-62 victory
over the Louisiana State Tigers at the O’Connell Center.

Noah also grabbed nine rebounds and Horford had four blocks for the Gators
(21-3, 7-3 SEC), who have won four of their last five games. Lee Humphrey
added 13 on 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc in the win, Florida’s first
over LSU in their last four contests.

Glen Davis contributed 16 points and 15 boards and Tasmin Mitchell scored 14
points for the Tigers (16-7, 8-2), who have lost two of their last three
attempts. Darrel Mitchell tallied 11 points and four assists in the loss.

The Gators built a 43-37 lead by opening the second half with an 8-2 streak,
but the Tigers responded with a 12-0 run, highlighted by five straight points
from Darrel Mitchell, to put LSU up 51-45 with 12:02 to play.

Walter Hodge’s layup opened up an 18-3 spurt, which gave Florida the lead for
good. Humphrey and Taurean Green each hit long distance shots during the run
as the Gators led 63-54 with 6:47 remaining.

Darnell Lazare’s jumper with 2:09 left narrowed the deficit to 67-62 but that
was as close as the Tigers would get.

Florida shot 48 percent from the field, while LSU connected on 40 percent of
its shots.

The Gators led 10-8 on Humphrey’s layup, but the Tigers went on an 12-4 run,
including four apiece from Lazare and Davis, to give LSU a 20-14 margin.

Florida responded with a 14-6 spurt, capped by Humphrey’s trey, to take a
28-26 lead. The teams went into the locker room knotted at 37.

Game Notes

The Tigers lead the all-time series 57-36…Each team grabbed 38 boards…The
Gators scored 19 points off 15 Tigers’ turnovers…Green dished out seven
assists…Lazare netted 10 points…LSU shot 2-of-11 from three-point
range…Florida coach Billy Donovan needs one more win for the 250th of his