Drejer finally sees game action

Published: Thursday, January 16, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at 11:29 p.m.
Florida freshman Christian Drejer finally made his long-awaited debut Wednesday night when he entered the game with 11 minutes and 34 seconds left in the first half.
Drejer got a loud ovation and fans were chanting his name early in the game, but the Danish import played just three minutes before exiting the game.
Drejer re-entered the game with 1:03 left in the first half, but did not score before halftime. Drejer appeared healthy, but seemed a bit tentative at times on the court. He scored four points in seven minutes off the bench.
Florida coach Billy Donovan said earlier in the week that he "had no expectations" for Drejer, who has missed the last two months with an ankle injury and a resulting infection.
Drejer signed with Florida in July after deciding to bypass chances to play professionally in the NBA or in Europe. ESPN rates him as the "best NBA prospect" among this year's class of freshman.
  • It's rare when a Tennessee athletic administrator gets an ovation at the O'Connell Center, but that's exactly what happened when UT athletic director was honored during the first half of Wednesday night's game between Florida and Tennessee.
    Doug Dickey is a Florida graduate and was the head football coach of the Gators from 1970-78. He has been the athletic director at Tennessee since 1985. Dickey is retiring at the end of the 2002-03 school year.
  • ANOTHER SELLOUT: After failing to fill the O'Connell Center for the first seven home games of the season, Florida played in front of a packed house for the second game in a row. It was the first time the Gators had sold out back-to-back games since last season when Florida sold out four games in a row.
  • TIP-INS: When Florida freshman Matt Walsh hit his first 3 less than two minutes into Wednesday night's game, it was Walsh's first 3-pointer of SEC play. Walsh went 0 for 7 behind the arc against Mississippi State and Georgia. Walsh entered the game leading the Gators in scoring at 15.3 per game ... Florida forward Matt Bonner held Tennessee's Ron Slay, the SEC's leading scorer to 3 for 13 shooting in the first half ... Florida has won the last five games against the Vols.
  • NEXT UP: Florida travels to face South Carolina at 8 p.m. Saturday night at the Carolina Arena in Columbia, S.C. The Gators have won their last three meetings with the Gamecocks.
    Dylan B. Tomlinson covers UF men's basketball for The Sun. You can reach him by calling 374-5054 or by e-mail at tomlind@gvillesun.com
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