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Gators solid at line, rally to beat UAB

December 31, 2006

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— Joakim Noah had 13 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots, and No. 3 Florida rallied for a 75-70 victory over Alabama-Birmingham on Saturday night in the Orange Bowl Classic.

The Gators (12-2) trailed for most of the game, but went 7-of-8 from the free-throw line over the final 2:11.

Wen Mukubu scored 20 points for the Blazers (8-6), who led by 11 points in both halves but missed their final six shots from the field.

No. 6 Ohio State 91, Coppin State 54

Columbus, Ohio - Greg Oden had his best collegiate game with 18 points and 16 rebounds, and fellow freshman Daequan Cook led the Buckeyes with a career-high 23 points.

Othello Hunter added 16 points for Ohio State (11-2).

No. 7 Arizona 89, Stanford 75

Tucson, Ariz. - Marcus Williams scored 23 points, and Ivan Radenovic added 22 for the Wildcats in their 11th straight victory.

Arizona (11-1, 2-0 Pac-10) blew a 13-point first-half lead, but the Wildcats closed the game on a 19-6 run.

No. 10 Pittsburgh 77, Florida A&M 51

Pittsburgh - Mike Cook had 16 points, and Antonio Graves added 14 to lead the Panthers.

Pittsburgh (12-2) has won two in a row at home after losing two straight on the road earlier this month.

No. 15 Butler 55, Wis.-Milwaukee 50

Milwaukee - Mike Green scored 16 points, and A.J. Graves added 14 as the Bulldogs (13-1, 2-0 Horizon League) won their third straight.

Avery Smith had 21 points, and Paige Paulsen added 17 for the Panthers (3-12, 0-2), who won the Horizon League regular-season title the last three seasons.

No. 18 Marquette 69, Savannah State 51

Milwaukee - Dominic James and Wesley Matthews each scored 22 points for the Golden Eagles (13-2).

Joseph Flegler had 15 points for Savannah State (6-12), which lost for the 12th time in 13 games.

No. 19 Notre Dame 95, Stony Brook 66

South Bend, Ind. - Russell Carter scored 23 points to help the Fighting Irish (12-1) overcome the suspension of starting point guard Kyle McAlarney and extend its winning streak to 11 games.

Mitchell Beauford and Mike Popoko both had 14 points for Stony Brook (5-7).

No. 20 Oregon 76, Oregon State 73

Corvallis, Ore. - Bryce Taylor had 22 points and nine rebounds, and the Ducks remained unbeaten with the victory in the teams' Pac-10 opener.

Maarty Leunen added 14 points and seven rebounds for Oregon(13-0), off to its best start in 69 years and a winner in Corvallis for the first time in four seasons.

No. 21 Tennessee 93, East Tennessee St. 88

Knoxville, Tenn. - Chris Lofton scored 28 points, and JaJuan Smith matched his career high with 23 for the Volunteers.

Smith scored seven points in an 11-0 run that gave Tennessee (12-2) a 61-58 lead with 12:46 left.

No. 24 Nevada 82, Gonzaga 74

Seattle - Nick Fazekas had 24 points, and Ramon Sessions scored all 20 of his in the second half for the Wolf Pack as the Bulldogs lost three straight games for the first time since December 2000.

Marcellus Kemp added 21 points for Nevada (12-1), off to its best start in 55 years.

Jeremy Pargo scored 18 points for Gonzaga (9-5).

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