Nobody's perfect: Vols edge Gators


Tennessee's Chris Lofton, right, is pressured by Florida's Lee Humphrey on Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn.

The Associated Press
Published: Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Florida's stay as the lone undefeated team in Division I basketball lasted for a little more than five hours.
With a chance to jump to No. 1 for the third time in school history, the second-ranked Gators couldn't overcome the hot shooting of Tennessee sophomore Chris Lofton, who scored 29 points and set up the game-winning basket with a steal that lifted the Vols to an 80-76 upset in front of 24,111 at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Fans stormed the court after the game, tossing inflatable Gators as they celebrated. The loss snapped Florida's school-best 17 game winning streak and was the first in the regular season since a Feb. 19, 2005 loss at LSU.
Unbeatens No. 1 Duke and No. 9 Pittsburgh lost earlier Saturday afternoon, setting up the opportunity for Florida to vault past the Blue Devils for the top spot in the country.
But it wasn't to be. Florida (17-1, 3-1 SEC) next plays on Wednesday at South Carolina.
"We just have to move on," Florida sophomore forward Al Horford said shortly after the game. "You want to win every game, and we wanted to win here, but unfortunately things didn't go our way tonight."
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