Thursday, February 23, 2006

Late turnover dooms Gators against Vols


— Tennessee's Major Wingate stood in front of Corey Brewer, his 6-foot-10 frame and long arms making an inbounds pass very difficult. Maybe even impossible.

Brewer was supposed to make two reads and then call a timeout. Instead, he attempted a tough pass around Wingate that turned out to be the difference in the game.

Another turnover, another layup, another loss for Florida.

Dane Bradshaw's layup with 15 seconds to play gave No. 10 Tennessee the lead, and the Volunteers went on to a 76-72 victory over the 12th-ranked Gators on Wednesday night.

Bradshaw had a similar closing-minute layup in Tennessee last month, when the Volunteers handed Florida its first loss of the season after a 17-0 start.

"Who else would make the play to win the game?" Vols coach Bruce Pearl said. "It was obviously a gamble, but it was one that paid off."

Much like in the first meeting, the Gators (22-5, 8-5 Southeastern Conference) had a shot to win it, but Brewer's turnover helped Tennessee (20-4, 11-2) pull out another one.

Brewer's inbounds pass with 18 seconds remaining was intended for Al Horford. Instead, Bradshaw stole it, spun around Taurean Green near the free-throw line and scored the game-winning basket.

"I should have called timeout," Brewer said. "I thought about it, and everything started going fast. I made a bad play."

No. 1 Duke 73, Georgia Tech 66

Atlanta - Shelden Williams had 26 points and 11 rebounds, and J.J. Redick overcome a horrid start to score 22 points as Duke beat Georgia Tech. Redick missed 15 of his first 17 shots, but he did hit the go-ahead jumper with 8:51 remaining.

No. 4 Memphis 66, UTEP 56

Memphis, Tenn. - Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 17 points, and Memphis overcame a strong defensive effort by UTEP in the matchup of the top two teams in Conference USA.

No. 6 Geo. Washington 77, La Salle 65

Washington - Regis Koundjia scored 13 points to lead five GW players in double figures, and the Colonials extended the nation's longest winning streak to 15 games.

No. 13 Ohio State 79, No. 18 Michigan State 68

East Lansing, Mich. - Terence Dials scored 19 points inside, and Ohio State hit 11 three-pointers in snapping the Spartans' 15-game home winning streak. Je'Kel Foster had 17 points for the Buckeyes (20-4, 9-4).

No. 21 North Carolina 95, No. 15 N.C. State 71

Raleigh, N.C. - David Noel had a career-high 25 points and added 11 rebounds, and Reyshawn Terry scored 20 points as North Carolina handed the Wolfpack their first home loss in the ACC.

No. 23 G'town 66, Rutgers 50

Washington - Roy Hibbert was 10-for-13 from the field and scored a career-high 25 points.

No. 24 LSU 77, Vandy 66

Nashville, Tenn. - Darrel Mitchell scored 21 points, and LSU clinched a second straight SEC Western Division title.

Bradley 71, No. 25 N. Iowa 49

Cedar Falls, Iowa - Patrick O'Bryant scored 18 points, and Bradley won its fourth straight.


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