Saturday , Jan , 06 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Gators easily handle Bulldogs

Gainesville, FL (Sports Network) – Corey Brewer had 19 points, 10 rebounds and
seven assists, as the third-ranked Florida Gators defeated the Georgia
Bulldogs, 67-51, in the Southeastern Conference opener for both clubs.

Lee Humphrey finished with 16 points and Joakim Noah chipped in with 13 points
and 13 rebounds for the Gators (14-2, 1-0 SEC), who won their seventh straight
game. Florida also ran its winning streak over Georgia to six.

Taurean Green had nine points and four assists, as the Gators won their sixth
consecutive SEC opener.

Steve Newman, Takais Brown and Billy Humphrey all ended with 10 points for the
Bulldogs (8-5, 0-1), who have lost four straight. Brown added seven rebounds,
while Humphrey had five boards.

Seven straight points by the Bulldogs early gave them an 11-5 edge just over
four minutes in. Florida battled back, and Brewer’s three-pointer evened the
game at 13-13.

After two straight buckets by Georgia, the Gators went on an 11-0 run to grab
the lead. Noah started the burst with two straight dunks, while Brewer’s layup
with 5:28 remaining in the half capped the burst and gave Florida a 24-17

The Bulldogs threw a counter punch in the form of a 9-0 run to go back in
front. A jumper by Mike Mercer tied the game at 24-24, while Rashaad
Singleton’s basket inside gave Georgia a two-point edge with 1:35 on the

Brewer’s free throw capped the half’s scoring.

The Gators then netted the first five points of the second half to go in
front, as Humphrey’s layup made it 30-26. A 7-0 run by Florida moved its lead
to double-digits at 44-34 with 10:57 left.

Five straight points by Newman pulled Georgia to within 47-42 with 9:11
remaining, but four straight by Florida pushed its lead to nine. Later, a
thunderous dunk by Noah that proceeded a Brewer driving layup gave the Gators
a 55-44 edge.

Florida put the game away for good with a late 6-0 run that stretched its lead
to 64-49 with 1:08 remaining.

Game Notes

These two clubs also opened up SEC play last year against each other, with
Florida earning a 90-72 win…The Gators last loss to open up conference
action was against South Carolina in 2000…Georgia finished 0-for-5 from the
free throw line…Al Horford had six points and five rebounds in the
win…Levi Stukes had eight points for Georgia…Florida owns a 97-94 edge in
the all-time series against the Bulldogs.