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Wednesday February 2, 2000Men's Hoops Holds on to Beat South Carolina, 86-82

Columbia, SC

Sophomore center Udonis Haslem (pictured left) scored eight of his 12 points during a 13-4 run late in the second half as the 12th-ranked University of Florida men's basketball team sent South Carolina to its seventh straight setback Wednesday night, 86-82. The Gators have now won three straight SEC road games for the first time since 1992.

With the score tied 62-62, Haslem scored six of the next 10 Gator points to give Florida a 72-65 lead. Four of his points came at the free throw line. Florida enjoyed a 47-42 halftime lead, but the Gamecocks chipped away at the lead and went ahead, 57-56 early in the second half on a basket by Jamel Bradley, who scored a team-high 19 points.

Gator sophomore gaurd Teddy Dupay made five three-pointers and scored a season-high 20 points. Kenyan Weaks, who's been bothered by bronchitis, scored 22 points to lead the Gators. For Weaks (#52 pictured left), it was his first game in double-figures since December 30, 1999.

"I think anytime you can win a road game in this league, you've got to be happy", said Gator coach Billy Donovan. "We've won three straight road games, which is good coming off a tough loss at Vanderbilt. I was happy with the way our guys held their composure at the end". Donovan was referring to his team weathering a trio of three-pointers that cut Florida's lead to 84-80 late in the game.

The Gators improved to 16-4 overall and 5-2 in the SEC. South Carolina fell to 1-7 in league play. Florida's next game will be Saturday evening at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center, when they host the Georgia Bulldogs. Tip off is at 5:00.

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