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Saturday March 17, 2007Brewer Leads Men's Basketball Past Jackson State In NCAA First Round


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 Jackson State 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 St. Louis.


Florida broke an NCAA Tournament record by owning a rebounding margin of 43 against Jackson State 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.


Trey Johnson, the nation's second-leading scorer, finished with 25 points on 8-of-21 shooting for Jackson State. Grant Maxey and Julius Young added 12 apiece.


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.


Jackson State 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 Jackson State. 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.


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