Gators advance to SEC final with win over Ole Miss
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Corey Brewer scored 22 points to lead sixth-
ranked Florida over Ole Miss, 80-59, in semifinal action of the SEC Tournament
at the Georgia Dome.
Lee Humphrey added 17 points for the conference’s regular-season champion
Gators (28-5), who will go for their third straight tournament title on Sunday
against Arkansas. The Razorbacks defeated Mississippi State, 81-72, in the
other semifinal on Saturday.
Taurean Green tallied 14 points and six assists for Florida, which has won
three straight after dropping two in a row. Al Horford had nine points and 13
rebounds and Joakim Noah recorded eight points and 12 boards, as the Gators
advanced to their fourth straight conference tourney final.
Clarence Sanders had 21 points to lead the West Division’s second-seeded
Rebels (20-12), who had a brief two-game win streak halted and lost for the
third time in five outings. Kenny Williams had nine points and 12 rebounds for
Ole miss, which will have to wait until Sunday to see if it will receive an
at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Florida never trailed in the game, scoring 13 of the first 15 points and later
extending to a 28-15 lead with 5:45 left when Walter Hodge converted a layup.
The Gators ended the first half with nine straight points to cruise into the
break with a 37-22 advantage.
Ole Miss tried to make a run at the Gators in the second half, drawing within
47-37 with 13:47 left following a Williams three-point play.
However, Florida quickly responded and went ahead by 21 points just over four
minutes later. Green ended a 14-2 run that turned a 10-point lead into a 62-41
advantage with a layup at the 9:27 mark.
The Rebels never threatened after that and Florida coasted to the final
Florida last lost in the SEC Tournament in the 2004 final to Kentucky, and
have won eight straight since… The Gators shot 48 percent for the game,
compared to 32 percent for the Rebels…Ole Miss also lost its regular-season
contest to Florida.