Wednesday , Dec , 06 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Gators roll past Friars

Gainesville, FL (Sports Network) – Al Horford scored 21 points and pulled down
a game-high 13 rebounds to lead seventh-ranked Florida past Providence,
85-67, at the O’Connell Center.

Horford shot 8-of-13 from the floor for the Gators (8-2), who won for the
second time in three games. Joakim Noah added 17 points, six rebounds, four
assists and four steals for Florida.

Lee Humphrey contributed 12 points for the defending national champions and
Chris Richard chipped in with 11. Taurean Green and Walter Hodge each added 10
points apiece.

Weyinmi Efejuku netted a game-high 22 points for the Friars (6-2), who lost
for the first time in six contests. Sharaud Curry tallied 15 points while
Geoff McDermott had 11 points and 10 boards.

The overmatched Friars played a tough first half and trailed by just six
points entering the final frame. But, the talented Gators imposed their will
early in the second half.

Florida stormed out of the locker room with a 10-2 burst to establish control.
A pair of free throws by Richard capped the flurry to give the Gators a
50-36 advantage with a little under 16 minutes to go.

Nearly four minutes later, a three by McDermott closed the Friars to within
eight, 53-45, but Florida responded and put the game away with 14 consecutive
points. Green’s lay-in, with 7:52 remaining, made it a 67-45 game.

Providence didn’t give in but they were not able to cut the lead under double-
digits the rest of the way as the Gators coasted to the finish line.

Florida took a 40-34 edge at intermission behind 10 points on perfect 4-of-4
shooting from Noah.

Game Notes

Florida shot a blistering 55 percent in the game…Noah finished 6-of-7 from
the floor…Florida has never lost to Providence. They are 4-0 all-time versus
the Friars.