GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Corey Brewer had dunks, fast-break
layups and 3-pointers. But his favorite play was his lone assist.
That's not too surprising, especially considering Florida coach
Billy Donovan calls this his most unselfish team in 10 seasons.
Brewer had 25 points, seven rebounds and five steals to lead the
11th-ranked Gators to an 80-47 rout of Central Florida on Saturday.
"I derive a lot of pleasure watching these kids play," said
Donovan, who reached 200 wins quicker than any other coach in
school history. "We don't have guys in the locker room talking
about not scoring enough points or not getting enough shots. They
play the right way. They really do."
Florida improved to 7-0 for just the third time, joining the
1951-52 and 1984-85 squads. Donovan credits the start -- which came
despite Florida losing its top three scorers from last season -- to
his team's unselfishness.
The Gators finished with 21 assists on 31 field goals.
Brewer was even better. He was 10-of-14 shooting from the floor
and sparked a 29-8 run to open the second half after the Gators
started the game with little energy. He also was 2-of-3 from
3-point range and perfect in three attempts from the foul line.
Brewer was 7-of-8 from the field against Alabama State, making
him 17-of-22 shooting in his last two games.
Donovan said Brewer settled for too many long-range shots
earlier in the season. That definitely wasn't the case Saturday as
the Gators scored 34 points in the paint.
Brewer had 15 points in the first 11 minutes of the second half.
He had a dunk, a putback, a jumper, a 3-pointer, a layup, a reverse
dunk and made a spectacular play on an alley-oop pass from Taurean
Brewer caught the ball in the air, well short of the basket, and
then extended his 6-foot-8 lanky body for another layup.
"His game is slashing, driving, getting into the lane,"
Donovan said. "He made some spectacular, athletic plays."
Brewer's basket gave the Gators their biggest lead, 65-31 with
9:37 to play. They cruised from there.
Brewer was pretty good defensively, too. He held UCF leading
scorer Josh Peppers to four points on 1-of-4 shooting.
Justin Rose led the Golden Knights (4-1) with 12 points and was
the team's player in double figures.
"Corey is just active," Noah said. "You almost can't bring
the ball to his side. That's how much of a defensive presence he
is. It messes up their offense."
UCF coach Kirk Speraw agreed.
"He creates problems defensively," Speraw said. "He has those
long arms and he can get around guys. He is a hard guy to guard
because he can shoot over people."
Donovan downplayed win No. 200, but did point out that he also
picked up his first career victory with the Gators against the
The 40-year-old coach got his 200th victory in his 292nd game --
80 games faster than Norm Sloan.
Sloan, who had two coaching stints at Florida (1960-66 and
1980-89), won 235 games in 15 seasons and reached win No. 200 in
his 372nd game.
"This has been a great place," Donovan said. "It's hard to
believe it's been almost 10 years."