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Corey Brewer scored a team-high 18 points to lead Florida over Georgia on Wednesday night.

Wednesday February 7, 2007Top-Ranked Gators Earn Road Win Over Georgia, 71-61

Athens, GA

Corey Brewer scored a team-high 18 points to lead Florida over Georgia on Wednesday night.

Corey Brewer scored 18 points, Al Horford added 17 and top-ranked Florida stretched its winning streak to 15 games Wednesday night, pulling away in the second half for a 71-61 victory over Georgia.

 

Florida (22-2, 9-0 Southeastern Conference) also extended its best start ever in the league by sweeping its season series with the Bulldogs. The Gators won 67-51 in Gainesville a month ago, dominating over the final 20 minutes after Georgia led at halftime.

 

Georgia (13-9, 5-5) lost its third in a row after building an 18-13 lead midway through the first half. The defending national champions responded with nine straight points and led the rest of the way, limiting the Bulldogs to 34 percent (20-of-59) from the field.

 

Brewer hit 6-of-8 shots, including both attempts from 3-point range. He also doled out four assists, helping the Gators shoot 52 percent (25-of-48) from the field. A second-half dunk sent Brewer over the 1,000-point mark for his career, making him just the 38th Gator to reach that milestone. He finished the contest with 1,003 career points.

 

Horford handled things on the inside. He made 7-of-13 shots and pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.

 

The Gators were up 36-30 at halftime and began to ease away when Sundiata Gaines committed two straight turnovers.

 

Joakim Noah converted a three-point play after being whacked in the chest by Dave Bliss, who left the Florida star sprawled on the court but couldn't keep him from scoring off a lob. Taurean Green drove for an uncontested layup that gave the Gators their first double-figure lead, 43-32, then Noah got loose from Steve Newman and dropped in an easy one from underneath, forcing the Bulldogs to call a timeout.

 

Florida's Lee Humphrey was perfect from long range, making all three of his treys and finishing with 11 points. The last of those, with just over two minutes to go, finished off the Bulldogs.

 

In his last four games against Georgia, Humphrey is 14-of-24 from outside the arc.

 

The Gators will return to action on Saturday, when they travel to Lexington to square off with Kentucky at Rupp Arena. The game is scheduled to tip off at 9 p.m. EST and can be seen on ESPN.

 

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