Thursday March 16, 2006Humphrey, Noah Lead Gators Into NCAA Tournament Second Round
Junior Lee Humphrey finished with a career-high six three points and added 20 points, while sophomore Joakim Noah added 16 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, five blocks and three steals as the No. 3 seed University of Florida men’s basketball team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 76-50 victory over No. 14 seed South Alabama on Thursday at Veterans Memorial Arena
(28-6) will next play No. 11 seed Wisconsin-Milwaukee, which upset No. 6 seed
Sophomore Al Horford chimed in with a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds as the Gators improved to 11-7 in NCAA Tournament games under Billy Donovan.
The Gators ended the game with seven blocked shots, which boosted UF’s season total to 170 – a school single-season record. Noah also broke the Gator NCAA Tournament record with five blocks in the contest.
Coming out of the break, the Jaguars pulled within six after a three-pointer at 34-28, but the Gators responded by scoring 14 of the next 20 points in moving on top 48-34 with 11:44 to play. Four different players notched points during the run with Noah and Horford providing four points each, while Taurean Green and Humphrey each sank a trey.
The Jaguars came as close as 15 at 62-47 with 7:12 remaining, but the Gators scored 10 straight points to put the game away in moving ahead 72-47 with 3:50 left. Chris Richard notched a pair of buckets, while Noah added four points in the stretch.
half was a close affair until the Gators went on a 10-0 run in boosting a
one-point lead to 11 at 29-18 with 3:01 left in the half. After a bucket by
South Alabama cut
Corey Brewer than sank back-to-back threes
before Horford closed out the run with a pair from the charity stripe to make