Question: What is the best way to bounce back from a road trip that featured two disappointing losses to two top-ranked opponents?
Answer: Knocking off an even higher ranked archrival in front of a sellout home crowd.
For the Seminoles, Sunday night's 70-66 victorious outcome over the No. 4 Gators was just what the doctor ordered for a team in need of a "signature win" for the 2006-07 season.
And the star of the show?
Senior forward Al Thornton, of course, who paced the Tribe (5-2) with a game-high 28 and was money when it counted most.
The Georgia native had 18 second-half points and hit two key free throws late in the game to seal the victory, He also came down with the blocked shot of Gator guard Taurean Green's attempted 3-point shot to take the lead with under five second left to play.
The potentially game-saving defensive play was made by sophomore guard Toney Douglas.
"It's a shame he has to go out and get 28 points every night for us to win," Hamilton said. "Tonight we had to go with Al. There's no doubt he was ready to play tonight."
Thornton finished the game 10-of-16 with nine rebounds. He managed to keep UF big man Joakim Noah in check, limiting him to just 11 points.
While Sunday's game was arguably Thornton's best of the season, the same can be said for junior guard Isaiah Swann, who had been struggling lately and had been replaced in the starting lineup against Wisconsin in favor of senior Jerel Allen.
Swann returned to his starter's role against the Gators (7-2) and recorded a season-high 11 points. Swann's two 3s helped keep the Gators at bay on two separate occasions.
"I had gotten down on myself a little bit but coach just kept telling me to keep shootng," Swann said.
Next up for the Seminoles is a road contest against Stetson Tuesday.
UPSET! FSU 70 UF 66
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