Noles Fall to Gators in Basketball

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Taurean Green scored 15 points, all from the free throw line, and No. 14 Florida overcame a 17-point deficit to beat Florida State 74-66 on Friday night.

Al Horford added 14 points and nine rebounds for the Gators, and Corey Brewer finished with 13 points, six rebounds and six assists. Florida State's top two players, Al Thornton and Alexander Johnson, were in foul trouble much of the game. The Gators (5-0) took advantage with them on the bench.

Florida trailed 40-32 early in the second half when Thornton picked up his fourth foul. With Florida State's leading scorer and most athletic player out of the game, the Gators evened the score at 47 with 12:42 to play and then pulled away with a late 12-0 run.

Thornton, who was quicker, more aggressive and more physical than any of the Gators, scored eight points in the first five minutes of the game and carried the Seminoles (2-1) to a 10-0 lead. But he picked up his second foul and spent the rest of the half on the bench.

He picked up two more fouls in the opening minutes of the second half. His fourth foul caused an emotional reaction from Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton. He ripped off his suit jacket, threw it to the floor and then kicked it under the bench.

The Seminoles weren't the same without Thornton.

Making matters worse, Johnson joined Thornton on the bench about a minute later. Johnson picked up his fourth foul with 14:47 to play.

Thornton, who entered the game averaging, 21.5 points and 10 rebounds, finished with nine points and four boards.

Johnson, who came in averaging 14 points, fouled out with 4:46 remaining. He had three points and five rebounds.

Florida State led 21-4 midway through the first half, but the Gators used two 3-pointers from Walter Hodge and an 11-0 spurt to get back in the game.

The Gators shot 62.5 percent in the second half, but won the game from the free throw line. Green was 14-of-14 from the stripe in the second half. Florida, which entered the game shooting 57 percent from the line, made 22 of 27 from there in the second half.


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