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Final

Georgia 66

(15-13, 5-10 SEC)

(17) Florida 77

(23-6, 9-6 SEC)

    7:00 PM ET, March 1, 2006

    Stephen C. O'Connell Center, Gainesville, Florida

    1 2 T
    UGA 28 3866
    #17FLA 36 4177

    Top Performers

    Georgia: M. Mercer 16 Pts, 1 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Florida: J. Noah 37 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk

    Noah's career-high 37 fuels No. 14 Florida past Georgia

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- With his father and grandfather watching from the stands, Joakim Noah put on quite a show.

    The sophomore forward had a career-high 37 points and 11 rebounds Wednesday night, helping Florida (No. 14 ESPN/USA Today; No. 17 AP) beat Georgia 77-66 and snap a three-game losing streak.

    Noah scored on layups, dunks, putbacks, even a baseline drive. He was 19-of-22 from the free throw line, breaking Neal Walk's school record for free throws made. Walk made 18 in 1968.

    In short, the Bulldogs had no answer for the 6-foot-11 son of tennis great Yannick Noah.

    "He carried our team offensively, no question," coach Billy Donovan said.

    Noah came off the bench for the first time this season as Florida's lone senior, Adrian Moss, started his final home game. But Noah provided an instant spark, picking up the slack when center Al Horford sustained a hip pointer early.

    Noah drew a foul and made both free throws for the team's first points. He rolled from there, draining his first 12 free throws.

    He was 9-of-14 from the field and scored the most points by a Florida player since Vernon Delancy had 38 against Alabama in 1981.

    He did it with his 69-year-old grandfather, Zacharie Noah, watching him play for the first time. He traveled from Cameroon to attend Florida's home finale.

    "It probably would have been very depressing if we would have lost this game," said Noah, who has made significant strides since his freshman season. "You feel like you're floating when you're out there. When you're family's out there, it's just extra inspiration."

    The Gators (23-6, 9-6 Southeastern Conference) needed Noah's effort. The rest of the team was 14-of-34 from the field.

    Corey Brewer was the only other Florida player in double figures. He had 13 points, five rebounds and four assists.

    Florida led most of the way, but Georgia (15-13, 5-10) used a 6-0 run to cut the deficit to 67-63 with 3:14 remaining.

    Noah and Taurean Green, however, came up big down the stretch. Noah rebounded a missed shot and made his final free throw. Green added a 3-pointer with 52 seconds remaining that pushed the lead to 73-65.

    Green and Brewer each made two free throws in the closing seconds to secure Florida's first victory since Feb. 15.

    The Gators lost their previous three games against Arkansas, Tennessee and Alabama by a combined 13 points.

    But Noah helped halt the losing streak.

    "Noah was just fantastic," Georgia coach Dennis Felton said. "He was obviously feeling really good, and he hit a lot from the line."

    Mike Mercer scored 16 points for the Bulldogs, who have lost five of six. Younes Idrissi added 12 points and Billy Humphrey had 11.

    Georgia was 4-of-21 from 3-point range, but the team's biggest problem was stopping Noah.

    "We just could not deny him the ball," center Dave Bliss said.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    UGA
    FLA
    Points 66 77
    FG Made-Attempted 26-66 (.394) 23-48 (.479)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-21 (.190) 4-11 (.364)
    FT Made-Attempted 10-16 (.625) 27-32 (.844)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 13

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