Archive for Thursday, February 15, 2007

Gators rally from 18 down early

February 15, 2007

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— No. 1 Florida was only as good as its point guard against Alabama.

Taurean Green scored 20 points in the second half, and the Gators overcame an 18-point deficit to beat the 25th-ranked Crimson Tide, 76-67, on Wednesday night and extend the nation's longest winning streak to 17 games.

The Gators were down 22-4 early in the first half and 42-31 at the break. Not coincidentally, Green was 0-for-6 from the field and 0-for-5 from three-point range in the first half.

He was a different player after halftime - and Florida looked much more like the defending national champion.

Green, the team's leading scorer and point guard, made six of seven attempts in the second half and helped rally the Gators (24-2, 11-0 Southeastern Conference), who matched a school record for consecutive wins.

The Tide (18-7, 5-6) dropped to 1-5 on the road in conference play.

No. 2 Ohio State 64, Penn State 62

State College, Pa. - Greg Oden had 15 points and 10 rebounds to help Ohio State hold off Penn State for its 10th straight win. The Buckeyes (23-3, 11-1 Big Ten) led 40-19 at the half and led by as many as 25 in the second half.

Jamelle Cornley finished a break with a layup, Mike Walker made a three-pointer and Geary Claxton hit two free throws to get Penn State (10-14, 1-10) within 64-62 with 11 seconds left.

Ron Lewis was fouled but couldn't hit the front end of a 1-and-1 with 10 seconds left, and Penn State took the rebound and drove the length of the court. Claxton got the ball in the post and kicked out to Walker for a desperation three that hit off the back of the rim as the buzzer sounded.

No. 3 Wisconsin 75, Minnesota 62

Minneapolis - Alando Tucker helped third-ranked Wisconsin overcome a flat first half, scoring 29 points to lead the Badgers past Minnesota.

No. 8 Memphis 69, Tulsa 52

Tulsa, Okla. - Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 20 points and tied his career-high with four steals, and Antonio Anderson returned from an injury to score 15 points as No. 8 Memphis clinched a bye in the Conference USA tournament.

Memphis (22-3, 12-0) took control with a run late in the first half and led by at least nine throughout the second half en route to its 14th straight win.

No. 10 Washington State 65, Washington 61

Seattle - Taylor Rochestie scored a season-high 16 points off the bench, and Derrick Low hit two free throws with 16.7 seconds left to lead Washington State. Freshman center Spencer Hawes had 22 points and sophomore forward Jon Brockman added 15 for the Huskies.

No. 11 Nevada 68, San Jose State 60

Reno, Nev. - Nick Fazekas had 20 points and 10 rebounds for his 16th double-double of the season to lead Nevada to its 16th win in 17 games.

DePaul 72, No. 12 Marquette 67

Rosemont, Ill. - Sammy Mejia scored 18 points, and Draelon Burns hit a pair of free throws with 26 seconds left as DePaul held on to defeat Marquette. Marquette (21-6, 8-4 in the Big East) got 17 points from Dominic James, who misfired on a pair of three-point attempts in the closing seconds.

No. 17 Air Force 69, Utah 43

Air Force Academy, Colo. - Nick Welch tied a career high with 20 points, and Dan Nwaelele added 19 as Air Force extended its home winning streak to 29. The Falcons (22-4, 9-3 Mountain West Conference) are tied with Brigham Young for the longest home winning streak in the nation.

Duke 78, No. 21 Boston College 70

Boston - Josh McRoberts scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help Duke avoid its first five-game losing streak in coach Mike Krzyzewski's 27-year tenure.

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