Saturday February 24, 2007No. 3 Florida Falls at LSU, 66-56
Baton Rouge, La.
Baton Rouge, La.
Terry Martin scored 18 points and Garrett Temple added 17 to help struggling LSU upset No. 3 Florida 66-56 on Saturday.
Tasmin Mitchell scored 11 for LSU (15-13, 4-10 Southeastern Conference), which had lost three straight and nine of 10 before hosting a team that had been No. 1 little more than a week ago.
the game offered an opportunity to salvage a good memory from an otherwise lost
season. The home crowd roared its approval during the waning minutes, while the
student section chanted "Over-rated," in
Florida (25-4, 12-2), which had already wrapped up the SEC regular season title and had set a new school record for single season victories, had little riding on the game and played like it.
The Gators missed their season averages in numerous categories as they lost for the second time in three games.
Normally a 42 percent shooting team from 3-point range, the Gators were 2-of-17 (11.8 percent). They were 4-of-12 on free throws and fell 24 points short of their 80.3 season average for points.
Martin's jumper in transition ignited a decisive 8-0 LSU run that gave the Tigers their largest lead at 53-35 with about five minutes remaining.
Al Horford led
most dominant player, Glen "Big Baby" Davis, spent the game on the
sideline in a pinstriped suit because of a pulled right quadriceps that also
kept him out of Wednesday's 70-63 loss at
opening 10 minutes, however, the Tigers made up for his absence with 83.3
percent shooting in building a surprising 24-12 lead.
The Tigers' accuracy tapered off during the next 10 minutes, but the intensity of their defense and rebounding remained high as LSU maintained a double-digit lead.
The Gators trimmed their deficit to 28-17 on Brewer's 3-pointer. But Magnum Rolle hit a tough leaner and dunked soon after, then Dameon Mason sank an off-balance running hook before Brewer's runner cut LSUís lead to 34-21 at halftime.