Saturday , Dec , 23 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Florida crushes Ohio State

Gainesville, FL (Sports Network) – The defending champs gave Greg Oden a
lesson, as Corey Brewer played overwhelming defense and Taurean Green
scored a game-high 24 points in fifth-ranked Florida’s 86-60 rout of third-
ranked Ohio State.

Oden struggled to recognize double teams and played through constant foul
trouble, scoring just seven points with six rebounds and four blocks. The
Buckeyes were held to their lowest point total of the season, 12 below the
previous low against Cincinnati on December 16.

The young Buckeyes (10-2) were blown away in a swarm of poor long-distance
shooting. A club that shoots 42 percent from three-point range on the
campaign made just 7-of-23 (30 percent).

Mike Conley had 13 points and Jamar Butler was the other Buckeye in double
figures with 11.

Florida (11-2) made a huge statement to the nation, and striked against the
claim that the collection of Buckeye guards, combined with Oden in the middle,
was unbeatable.

Brewer scored 18 points with five rebounds, Lee Humphrey donated 12 points and
Al Horford compiled 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Horford’s double-double came after many didn’t even expect him to play 12
hours ago with a sprained ankle. Joakim Noah contributed seven points, eight
rebounds and four assists.

The game began as billed, going back and forth with Green’s layup squaring the
contest at 20-20 with 6:08 left. The Gators scored the next 13 points with
consecutive dunks by Noah and Horford then a three by Humphrey capping the

The Gators led 38-29 at the break.

Ohio State started the second half on a 9-0 run to tie the contest. Ivan
Harris’ three-pointer made the score 38-38 with 17:44 left.

It was all Gators from there.

An 8-0 run capped by Green’s layup several minutes later opened a 55-43 edge.

The lead kept swelling, as Green’s three with 8:39 on the clock opened a 70-47

Game Notes

Florida shot 60 percent from the floor…Ohio State made just 37 percent of
its shots…The Gators held a 42-25 edge on the glass…Ohio State still leads
the all-time series, 5-3…Freshman Daequan Cook totaled seven points for the