UF roundup: Women's hoops falls at Auburn, 73-56

Published: Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 7, 2011 at 12:28 a.m.

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn used a 22-9 run in the final 6:43 of the game and blew open a close game to post a 73-56 decision against Florida on Thursday evening at the new Auburn Arena.

The Gators held a 33-28 halftime lead, but the Tigers roared out of the locker room and started the second half scoring the first four points and whittled the deficit to one. Azania Stewart and Jordan Jones followed with buckets and retuned the Gator advantage to five, 37-32.

Auburn, however, tallied six consecutive points and sparked a 13-2 run and assumed a six-point lead with 11:15 to go in the game.

Jennifer George, who finished with a team-high 10 points, scored the lone field goal during the stretch, as Stewart hit an inside jumper to stop the spree.

The teams then traded scores for the next seven opportunities, as the Gators could get no close than four points, including 51-47 with 7:19 remaining.

That’s when the Tigers (9-6, 2-0 SEC) went on their game-ending run to earn their fifth consecutive victory and deny Florida (11-5, 1-1 SEC) its first true road win in five tries.

UF men’s track & field: The UF men’s track & field team, the defending NCAA Indoor Champion, is ranked No. 1 in the 2011 preseason U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Poll.

The Gators are coming off a season where they garnered the first national title in the history of the program. UF returns two individual NCAA Indoor Champions from a year ago in sprinter Jeff Demps and jumper Christian Taylor.

UF swimming: The No. 5 Florida men’s swimming and diving team and No. 6 women’s squad return home this afternoon for the first dual meet since October as the Gators battle Georgia Tech. The diving competition will begin at 2:30 p.m., while swimming commences at 5 p.m.

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