GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Joakim Noah runs the floor, rebounds on
both ends and pretty much stays in motion.
It's his way of creating offense. It's also working well for
Noah had 18 points, leading the team in scoring for the third
consecutive game, and the fifth-ranked Gators routed Florida A&M
84-47 Friday to stay unbeaten.
Florida (12-0) extended the best start in school history and has
one more game to play -- against Morgan State on Tuesday -- before
beginning the Southeastern Conference schedule.
The Gators opened the season trying to figure out how they would
replace their top three scorers -- David Lee, Matt Walsh and Anthony
Roberson. Coach Billy Donovan quickly figured out it would be
someone different each game.
Lately, it's been Noah.
"He's got great ability and great talent," Donovan said. "But
the best part of his game is he's a great competitor, has great
enthusiasm and he plays to exhaustion."
The 6-foot-11 sophomore forward, the son of tennis great Yannick
Noah, scored in double figures for the sixth consecutive game. Not
bad for someone who was considered primarily a role player before
Noah was 9-of-13 shooting from the floor and had four dunks. He
added five rebounds, two steals, a blocked shot and an assist
without a turnover.
"I'm having fun and the whole team is having fun," Noah said.
"I feel like we're on the right path. We've just go to keep doing
what we're doing."
The Gators dominated FAMU (4-8) down low, scoring 44 points in
the paint and getting a combined 51 points from the frontcourt
foursome of Noah, Richard, Adrian Moss and Corey Brewer. Moss had a
season-high 12 off the bench, and Brewer finished with eight
points, six rebounds and 11 assists.
"It's not always about talent," Donovan said. "It's about
makeup. These guys have the right mind-set, the right focus and
they play the right way. They play unselfish and they play as a
"These kids are throwbacks. It's very, very refreshing. You're
dealing with different kids."
The Gators closed out the first half with a 21-5 surge to lead
49-23 at the break. They opened the second half with a 23-2 spurt
to push the lead to 72-25.
Tony Tate led FAMU with 21 points on 8-of-18 shooting.
The Rattlers lost their seventh in a row on the road and played
their sixth consecutive game without Brian Greene (ankle) and Jon
The mounting losses and injuries might have caused coach Mike
Gillespie to reach a new level of frustration. Gillespie vehemently
argued about what he thought should have been a shot clock
violation early in the second half.
Green shot an air ball, but Brewer saved it from going out of
bounds. When he did, the shot clock reset to 35 seconds. Brewer
saved the ball to Richard, who passed it back to Brewer, who then
handed it off to Lee Humphrey for a 3-pointer from the corner.
Gillespie stormed up and down the sideline, screaming at the
officials. He picked up two quick technical fouls and was ejected
with 14:46 to play and his team trailing 66-25. He left the court
in a huff.
Gillespie, who turned coaching duties over to his son, Mike
Gillespie Jr., declined comment after the game.
"Obviously, something upset him," Donovan said. "Whether it
was staged or something -- he seemed genuinely upset about it -- I
don't know. He's as fired up and enthusiastic as any player out