Wednesday January 31, 2007No. 1 Florida Comes Back to Defeat No. 24 Vanderbilt 74-64
Junior Taurean Green (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) scored
nine points on a 13-0 run to open the second half as the No. 1 ranked Florida
Gators (20-2, 7-0) came back to defeat the No. 24 ranked Vanderbilt Commodores
(15-7, 5-3), 74-64, on Wednesday night at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
Noah led the Gators in scoring with 19 points as four Gators scored in double figures. Horford dropped 12 points and pulled in a game-high 12 rebounds to pick up his eighth double-double of the season and 20th of his career. Humphrey netted 15 points, all coming from behind the arc where he was 5-for-8 shooting. Green finished with 13 points including 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. Humphrey and Green tied for a game-high four assists.
Perhaps biggest tale of the tape was the difference in play between the first and second halves. The Gators held Vanderbilt to just 23 points in the second half, after the Commodores were able to put up 41 in the first half. On the other hand, the Gators scored just 30 points in the first half, but outpoured for 44 in the second. The Gators improved from shooting 29 percent (9-for-31) in the first half to 73 percent (16-for-22) in the second half. Vanderbilt held Florida without a made shot from the floor for nearly eight minutes in the first half, however Florida managed to keep the game within 12 by making 5-of-6 free throws.
The game opened up closely contested with a pair of ties and lead changes before the Commodores built a 16-9 lead. The Gators bounced back as junior Corey Brewer (Portland, Tenn.) scored five points to a pace a 9-0 run to retake the led at 18-16. However, Vanderbilt answered with a 12-0 run to go back on top at 28-18. The Commodores held their biggest advantage of 12 points twice during the half before closing the period up 11 at 41-30. Noah led the Gators in scoring in the period with 11 points including 7-of-8 from the free throw line. Derrick Byars paced VU with 14 points in the half.
Byars finished with a game-high 21 points for the Commodores, but was the only VU player to score in double figures.
Gators have now won seven straight over Vanderbilt and 12 of the last 13 matchups between the schools. The Commodores saw a four
game conference winning streak, that included road wins over
Up next, UF squares off against the Tennessee Volunteers (15-7, 3-4) on Sat., February 3. Tip-off for the contest with the Gators is schedule for 3 p.m. ET.