Gators beat Vandy, 81-58
Published: Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 5:08 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 5:08 p.m.
Maybe all No. 5 Florida needed was to come home.
Al Horford scored 16 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as Florida snapped a two-game losing streak with an 81-58 win over Vanderbilt Saturday afternoon in front of 12,001 in the O'Connell Center.
The Gators overcame a 10-point first-half deficit to tie the school record with their 19th straight home win. Florida, coming off losses at Tennessee and South Carolina, improved to 18-2 overall and 4-2 in the SEC. Vanderbilt fell to 12-5 and 3-3.
Lee Humphrey chipped in 14 points while Taurean Green scored 12. Joakim Noah was the other Gator in double figures with 10.
Florida, trailing 38-35 at halftime, used a 18-4 run over a 6:45 stretch of the second half to pull away. Keying the run was Florida's defense, which held the Commodores without a field goal over a six-minute stretch.
Vanderbilt got 18 points from sophomore DeMarre Carroll, 15 of which came in a sizzling first half that saw the Commodores shoot 60 percent from the field. Shan Foster added 11 points for Vandy.
Gators coach Billy Donovan opted to give freshman Walter Hodge his first career start in place of injured swingman Corey Brewer. Hodge scored nine points. Brewer, meanwhile, scored just three points on 1-of-3 shooting in only 17 minutes.
Carroll, a sophomore, scored 10 of Vanderbilt's first 14 points to put the Commodores ahead 14-11 with 12:33 remaining in the half. He later added a jumper to extend Vandy's lead to 29-19 with 5:59 left.
Vanderbilt went on to take a 10-point lead on three separate occasions of the first half. Florida, though, scored the final five points of the half to cut Vandy's lead to 38-35 at halftime.
The win was Florida's 10th over Vandy in their last 11 meetings.
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