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January 27, 2007

No. 1 Florida gets easy win over Auburn

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AUBURN, Ala. -Taurean Green, Lee Humphrey and Al Horford scored 17 points apiece and No. 1 Florida coasted to a 91-66 victory over Auburn on Saturday for its 12th consecutive win.

The Gators (19-2, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) shot 58 percent from the floor, went 9-of-14 on 3-pointers and nursed a big lead through most of the game.

They had few problems hitting 3s or scoring inside against the Tigers (13-9, 3-4), who were unable to counter the nation's top shooting team.

Horford made all six of his field-goal attempts and was 5-of-6 on free throws. Humphrey was 6-for-7 shooting and made all four 3-point attempts.

Auburn shot just 1-of-13 on 3-pointers. The Tigers were coming off a 24-point rout of No. 12 Alabama.

Joakim Noah had eight points, seven rebounds and four assists for Florida, but his double-figure scoring streak ended at seven games.

Corey Brewer was one of the few Gators who didn't shoot well, going 4-of-14 for 11 points. Florida hit 24 of 35 free throws and committed only eight turnovers for its eighth consecutive win over the Tigers.

Quantez Robertson led Auburn with 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting and had five assists. Quan Prowell added 15 points, Rasheem Barrett scored 12 and Josh Dollard had 11 points and nine rebounds.

The Tigers had won two consecutive games against ranked teams for the first time in 12 seasons, but couldn't keep up with the Gators.

Florida built 15-point leads six times over the final 8:11 of the first half, including a 51-36 halftime advantage.

Auburn hit the first shot of the second half to cut it to 13, but the Gators went inside to Horford for the game's next five points. Humphrey's second 3-pointer of the half pushed it to 64-44 with just under 15 minutes left.

Auburn never cut it below 20 points after that.

The Gators shot 59 percent in the first half, including 5-of-8 on 3-pointers. The Tigers, meanwhile, missed all six of their 3-point attempts and had two players with three fouls.

While Florida was draining 3s, Auburn didn't hit one until Prowell's shot with 13:35 left in the game and the Tigers down by 22.

It was the 400th career game for Florida coach Billy Donovan.

For more coverage of Florida, visit GatorBait.net; for more on Auburn, visit AuburnSports.com.



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