Gators find their way to 16-0, beating Auburn 69-57


Published: Saturday, January 14, 2006 at 6:54 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 14, 2006 at 6:54 p.m.

Florida didn't have its shooting touch. But the Gators still found a way to remain undefeated.

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Florida's Taurean Green (11) fights to get to the basket as Auburn's Quantez Robertson (23) tries to block his shot during basketball play during the first half Saturday in Gainesville, Fla.

The Associated Press

Taurean Green scored 21 points while Al Horford added 14 as No. 2 Florida defeated Auburn 69-57 Saturday night before a crowd of 11,953 in the O'Connell Center.

Florida improved on the longest winning streak in school history by moving to 16-0 and 3-0 in the SEC. Auburn lost its third straight and fell to 8-6 and 0-3 in the conference.

The Gators have now won seven consecutive games against the Tigers, including five straight in Gainesville.

Florida won despite being held to just 39.6 percent shooting. It was the second-worst shooting game for Florida, which was hitting 52.6 percent of its shots coming into Saturday. The Gators shot 38.6 percent in a 77-67 win over Miami earlier this season.

The Gators, however, compensated for their below-average shooting by getting to the foul line. Florida went 20-of-27 from the free-throw line compared to just 3-of-5 for Auburn.

Florida finally wrestled control of the game midway through the second quarter. After holding a slim 49-47 lead with 12:14 remaining, Florida would go on a 10-0 run over the next 3:54 to take a 59-47 lead with 8:20 left.

Forward Chris Richard was a huge factor during the burst, scoring all seven of his points for the game in under a two-minute span.

Auburn was led by Frank Tolbert's 21 points while Josh Dollard added 12

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