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Sunday March 18, 2007Men's Basketball Advances To Sweet 16 With 74-67 Win Over Purdue

New Orleans, LA

Junior center Al Horford (Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic) and junior forward Corey Brewer (Portland, Tenn.) each scored 17 points and the University of Florida menís basketball team defeated Purdue, 74-67, on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.


The ninth-seeded Boilermakers kept the game close most of the way, but the top-seeded Gators made several clutch shots down the stretch to advance to the round of 16. Horford had three buckets in the final minutes, and Brewer hit a spinning jumper and then made six-consecutive free throws to seal Florida's 14th-consecutive postseason win.


The Gators (31-5) advanced to play fifth-seeded Butler in the Midwest Regional semifinals Friday in St. Louis.

Carl Landry led Purdue (22-12) with 18 points and 10 rebounds. David Teague and Chris Kramer added 14 each.


With the teams engaged in a tight contest, junior guard Taurean Green (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) hit consecutive 3s to put the team ahead 43-38 with 12:35 remaining. Senior guard Lee Humphrey (Maryville, Tenn.) had another 3-pointer with about 6 minutes to play that put the Gators up by five.


Horford had three low-post baskets in the final 3 minutes and finished 7-of-9 from the floor. He added nine rebounds. Brewer was 8-for-8 from the free throw line and had eight rebounds, while junior forward Joakim Noah (New York, N.Y.) had nine points and nine boards.


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