Monday , Apr , 03 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Florida leads UCLA at the half

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – The Florida Gators, on a quest for their
first national title, lead the UCLA Bruins, 36-25 at the half in the NCAA
championship game at the RCA Dome.

The Gators are in the title contest for the first time since their only other
appearance, in 2000 when the school lost to Michigan State.

An 8-2 run by Florida opened a 25-15 lead. Bruins center Lorenzo Mata picked
up his third foul with eight minutes left and UCLA behind 27-17. The Bruins
had a hard time scoring inside, and outside for that matter, shooting 29.6
percent to 44.4 percent for the Gators.

UCLA turned the ball over eight times in the first half.

The Bruins, coming off a victory over LSU in the Final Four on Saturday, have
the nation’s longest current win streak at 12 games.

This is UCLA’s 13th championship game appearance. The Bruins are 11-1, losing
only in 1980 to Louisville. They are in the title contest for the first time
since 1995, when the Bruins beat Arkansas.

With a victory tonight, 40-year old Florida’s Billy Donovan will become the
second-youngest active coach to win a national title, surpassing Bobby Knight

This is the first meeting between the two schools.