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Saturday March 31, 2007Men's Basketball Defeats UCLA, 76-66, In National Semifinal

Atlanta, GA

The University of Florida menís basketball team reached its second-consecutive national championship with a 76-66 win over UCLA on Saturday in the national semifinal.

 

The Gators moved one win away from a second straight national championship behind 19 points from junior forward Corey Brewer (Portland, Tenn.), 16 from senior forward Chris Richard (Lakeland, Fla.) and 14 more from senior guard Lee Humphrey (Maryville, Tenn.).

UF will play Ohio State on Monday in the final, hoping for the same kind of result as their 27-point victory in the championship football game earlier this year. The Buckeyes beat Georgetown 67-60 in the first semifinal Saturday.

Led by junior center Al Horfordís (Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic) 17 rebounds, Florida outboarded UCLA 43-26, blocked six shots and altered countless more. Junior forward Joakim Noah (New York, N.Y.) finished with eight points, 11 rebounds and four blocks.

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