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Saturday January 22, 2000 Men's Hoops Breaks Streak at Alabama, 77-73

Tuscaloosa, AL

Sophomore center Udonis Haslem picked up a loose ball and made a basket to break a 73-73 tie and sophomore guard Teddy Dupay sank a pair of free throws with 16 seconds left as the ninth-ranked Florida men's basketball defeated Alabama 77-73 in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday night.

The win was Florida's first at Coleman Coliseum since 1988. The Gators had lost 25 of its last 26 visits to Tuscaloosa. "To come into this enviroment where we have not been very successful and, obviously, coming off an emotional loss to Tennessee", said Gator coach Billy Donovan, "I was really, really, happy with the way our guys responded and bounced back".

Sophomore forward Mike Miller (pictured left) tied a career-high with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Dupay scored 12 points - all in the second half. Donovan credits Dupay for coming through in the clutch after failing to do so in the double overtime loss to Tennessee last Tuesday. "Talk about deja vu for Teddy. Sixteen seconds, same situation, at the line to obviously ice the game, he steps up and does that. I'm happy for him".

Alabama didn't have its first lead until midway through the second half. when Terrance Meade made one of his five three-pointers to give the Tide a 54-53 lead. They erased an 11-point Gator lead. Freshman Rod Grizzard led Alabama and all scorers with 26 points.

The win gives the Gators a 14-3 record overall and a 3-2 mark in the SEC. Alabama dropped to 9-8 and 2-3 in league play. Florida plays its next game Wednesday night at the United Center in Chicago against 23rd-ranked DePaul. Tip-off is at 9:00 on ESPN.

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