Saturday , Mar , 18 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Gators pound Panthers, advance to Sweet 16

Jacksonville, FL (Sports Network) – Corey Brewer poured in 23 points to lead
Florida to an easy 82-60 win over Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the second round of
the Minneapolis Bracket at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.

Joakim Noah added 17 points and seven rebounds for the third-seeded Gators
(29-6), who bested the South Alabama Jaguars in the first round of the tourney
and have now won seven straight games. Florida now moves on to the Sweet 16
where they will face the winner of the Georgetown/Ohio State tilt next week.
Al Horford chipped in with 13 points in the win.

Adrian Tigert had a game-high 27 points and eight boards for the 11th-seeded
Panthers (22-9),who dropped Oklahoma in their tourney opener. Boo Davis was
the only other Wisonsin-Milwaukee player in double figures with 10 points in
the loss.

After a solid but unspectacular first half Florida dominated the final frame.
The Gators superior size seemed to bother the upstart Panthers as Florida
coasted to the easy victory.

Noah’s slam with just under 17 minutes left put Florida up 43-31 and they
never looked back.

Horford’s dunk with 9 1/2 minutes left extended the Gators advantage to 16
points, 58-42.

A pair of Noah free throws with under eight minutes left gave Florida its
first 20-point cushion, 67-47.

Four minutes later, Brewer’s long triple gave the Gators their largest lead of
the night, 81-56, as they raced towards the finish line.

The Gators led by as many as 13 points in the first half and took an eight-
point advantage, 34-26, into intermission. Noah had nine points to pace the
Gators at the half while Tigert had 15 for Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Game Notes

This is the first-ever meeting between the two schools….Wisconsin-Milwaukee
is now 3-3 all-time in the NCAA tourney, Florida is 19-12…This is the 13th
appearance in the NCAA Tournament for Florida and the eighth consecutive for a
team that has been to the Final Four twice, most recently in 2000 when the
squad was in the title game.