Florida beats South Carolina 84-50

Published: Saturday, January 13, 2007 at 4:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 13, 2007 at 4:01 p.m.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Lee Humphrey had seven 3-pointers and a career-high 27 points and No. 2 Florida won its ninth straight game, an 84-50 victory over South Carolina on Saturday.

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Florida's Joakim Noah (13) fouls South Carolina's Brandon Wallace (33) as he drives for the basket during the second half of their basketball game Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007, at the Colonial Center in Columbia, S.C. Florida defeated South Carolina 84-50.

AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain

With the win, the Gators (16-2, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) put away their biggest nemesis from their 2006 national championship season. The Gamecocks (10-5, 0-2) swept both regular-season meetings a year ago, then took Florida to the buzzer before losing the SEC tournament final, 49-47.

Florida and Humphrey had few of the same problems in this one. Humphrey went 5-of-5 from 3-point range _ almost all on wide-open shots _ and the Gators hit 11 of their first 13 shots to open a 30-16 lead.

After the Gamecocks rallied behind Tre Kelley's 20 first-half points to trail 37-33, Florida took control with a 27-7 run the first 12 minutes of the second half.

Humphrey, who finished 10-of-12 from the field, surpassed his career high for 3s, set in the Final Four against George Mason last spring. His points bested the 25 he had against Arkansas in the SEC tournament last March.

South Carolina has lost three straight, including two to top-10 teams. Last Sunday, the Gamecocks were beaten by No. 6 Kansas 70-54.

Kelley had 24 points and was the only Gamecock in double figures.

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