Gators beat Georgia, 77 - 66


Published: Wednesday, March 1, 2006 at 9:12 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 1, 2006 at 9:12 p.m.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Joakim Noah had a career-high 37 points and 11 rebounds, helping No. 17 Florida beat Georgia 77-66 Wednesday night and snap a three-game losing streak.

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Florida's Joakim Noah is mobbed by the defense of Georgia's Channing Toney, right, and Younes Idrissi, left.

TRACY WILCOX/The Gainesville Sun

Noah scored on layups, dunks, putbacks, even a baseline drive. He was 19-of-22 from the free throw line, breaking Neal Walk's school record for free throws made. Walk made 18 in 1968.

In short, the Bulldogs had no answer for the 6-foot-11 sophomore forward and son of tennis great Yannick Noah.

Noah came off the bench for the first time this season as Florida's lone senior, Adrian Moss, started his final home game. But he provided an instant spark.

Noah drew a foul and made both free throws for the team's first points. He rolled from there, draining his first 12 free throws.

He was 9-of-14 from the field and scored the most points by a Florida player since Vernon Delancy had 38 against Alabama in 1981.

The Gators (23-6, 9-6 Southeastern Conference) needed his effort, too. The rest of the team was 14-of-34 from the field.

Corey Brewer was the only other Florida player in double figures. He had 13 points, five rebounds and four assists.

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