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Alabama must wait for Selection Sunday

3/13/2004

ATLANTA (AP) -- Florida's Lee Humphrey made the shot that
officials took away from Anthony Roberson.

Humphrey hit his only field goal of the game, a 17-foot
buzzer-beater from the left baseline, to give the Gators a 75-73
overtime victory over Alabama in the quarterfinals of the
Southeastern Conference tournament Friday night.

Roberson, who led Florida with 22 points, attempted to win the
game in regulation with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer, but his basket
was nullified when officials ruled the horn sounded before the shot
left his hand.

The Gators (19-9) will play Vanderbilt, which upset No. 4
Mississippi State 74-70 in overtime, in the semifinals Saturday.

Roberson's 3-pointer with 3:10 left in regulation cut Alabama's
lead to 66-65, but he missed his next trey attempt with 56.6
seconds remaining. Matt Walsh redeemed him, though, by getting the
rebound and making a long bounce pass that David Lee took for a
dunk, putting Florida on top 67-66 with 42.9 seconds left.

Alabama (17-12) led 66-60 after Earnest Shelton's 3-pointer from
the right wing, but the Tide failed to score on its next four
possessions. Antoine Pettway ended the scoring in regulation with a
pair of free throws to make it 68-68.

Shelton scored 27 points for Alabama, which got 12 apiece from
Chuck Davis and Emmett Thomas but still lost to Florida for the
seventh time in eight games.

Florida, ranked No. 1 in the first week of December but out of
the poll since the second week of February, improved to 5-2
following the departure of sophomore swingman Christian Drejer, who
left the team to sign a professional contract in Europe last month.

The Tide, which cruised past Tennessee 84-49 in the
quarterfinals, has played the nation's toughest schedule and is
likely to make the NCAA field of 64 despite losing for the second
time in three games.

Florida is poised to make its sixth straight NCAA appearance.