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
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 OhioState
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, Floridaoutboarded 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.