Corey Brewer recorded
a team-high 21 points, while Al Horford and Joakim Noah each picked up double-doubles to
lead the No. 1 seeded University of Florida
menís basketball team past JacksonState 112-69 Friday
evening in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament at New Orleans Arena.
The Gators will face No. 9 seed Purdue in the second round on
Sunday at 2:15 p.m. (ET) for the right to advance to the Regional Semifinals in
Florida broke an
NCAA Tournament record by owning a rebounding margin of 43 against JacksonState as UF
collected 62 boards to only 19 for the Tigers. The Gators also set a school
record by scoring 71 points in the second half.
Noah had 17 points and 12 rebounds, Horford added 15
points and 16 boards (a UF NCAA record), and Lee Humphrey sparked a huge run with four 3-pointers
in the first five minutes of the second half.
Chris Richard came off
the bench to finish with a career-high 17 points, and Taurean Green had a career-high 12 assists for the
Gators, who reached the 30-win plateau for the second consecutive season.
Humphrey got things started for Florida
in the second half with a 3-pointer, Noah followed with a layup, then Brewer
hit from behind the arc.
JacksonState called timeout in hopes of
squashing Florida's momentum,
but it didn't work. Humphrey drained another 3, Brewer sank a free throw and
Noah's putback capped a 17-6 spurt.
Florida made 14
of its first 17 shots in the second half to pull away from JacksonState.
Humphrey led the way and moved into second in Florida
history with 269 3-pointers. He also broke the all-time Florida
record for most 3-pointers in NCAA play as he now has 28.