Saturday March 18, 2006Brewer's 23 Points Lead No. 3 Seed Men's Basketball To NCAA Sweet 16
Behind a 23-point effort from sophomore Corey Brewer and 17 points from sophomore Joakim Noah, the No. 3 seed University of Florida menís basketball team advanced to the NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinal for the third time in the last eight years by defeating No. 11 seed Wisconsin-Milwaukee 82-60 on Saturday at Veterans Memorial Arena.
In addition to scoring 17 points, Noah added six assists and four blocks in setting the Florida record for most blocks in an NCAA Tournament with nine following his five-block effort in the first round.
Sophomore Al Horford
also chimed in with 13 points and six rebounds for the Gators, while junior Lee Humphrey matched the
The Panthers came as close as five in the beginning stages of the second half, but the Gators used a 19-6 run to boost their lead to a comfortable 15 points with 11:53 left to play. After a pair of free throws brought UW-Milwaukee within 10 points at 43-33 with 16:15 left to play, Noah ignited the Gator offense with a pair of free throws before senior Adrian Moss notched consecutive buckets. Junior Chris Richard sandwiched a pair of free throws in between baskets from Brewer and the Gators found themselves up 54-39 with 11:53 left in the contest.
came as close as 11 at 58-47 with 9:37 in the game, but
teams battled back and forth in the opening stages of the game with the
Panthers coming within three at 14-11 after a bucket at the 11:05 mark.
UW-Milwaukee didnít back down as the Panthers fought back within four at 24-20 with 4:21 remaining in the half. But the Gator offense caught fire again and outscored the Panthers 10-4 in the final four minutes in taking a 34-26 lead into the locker room.