Gator News And World Report (3/7/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Sunday, March 7, 2005. Gators give a game to savor; From desperation to jubilation, Florida rises; Senior Day is special for Lee; How Kentucky came undone; Tourney hosts have a downer; Series gimmies are no longer the rule; A win 4 years in the making;

Florida Gator Basketball

Gators give a game to savor
The ball headed for the stands, the jerseys for the floor and the players for the press table. Matt Walsh even parted with his headband, tossing it into the the student section. This was after he had a Jim Valvano moment.

From desperation to jubilation, Florida rises
Inside the minds of Florida was that collective "Uh-oh" feeling of so many heartbreaks past.

Senior Day is special for Lee
Senior Florida forward David Lee's last game at the O'Connell Center was like many of his others this season in the Southeastern Conference.

How Kentucky came undone
Tubby Smith drew the play up more than a week ago. He pulled it out during a Kentucky timeout with 11 seconds left and his team down 53-52 against Florida on Sunday in the O'Connell Center

Florida beats Kentucky 53-52, first win over cats since 2001
Anthony Roberson scored 21 points, including two free throws with 15 seconds remaining, and Florida upset No. 3 Kentucky 53-52 on Sunday.

Gators defeat Wildcats for first time since 2001
David Lee ran across the court, leaped onto press row and raised his arms toward the student section.

Walsh, Roberson Propel Gators To Upset Of No. 3 'Cats
Matt Walsh knew the shot would fall.

Gators finally tame Wildcats
He sat alone on the bench, waiting anxiously for his name to be announced one last time.

A win 4 years in the making
The Gators snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Wildcats in what might be the final home game for Florida's celebrated trio of David Lee, Matt Walsh and Anthony Roberson.

For once, Florida gets the win
Kentucky forward Kelenna Azubuike launched a last-second 3-point try for the win Sunday, and those familiar feelings of angst filled Florida's O'Connell Center

Eight is Gator bait
As Kelenna Azubuike released the game-deciding shot, Florida Coach Billy Donovan felt the chill of that old dŽja Blue. He'd seen Kentucky snatch too many victories from his grasp.

O'Dome erupts with UF victory
Just seconds away from a 53-52 victory against No. 3 Kentucky, the Gators had done their part.

Gators surprise Wildcats
How big was this game? Florida assistant coach Donnie Jones had done the scouting report for the Gators' past three contests, so Anthony Grant could focus on putting together the game plan for Sunday's 53-52 win against No. 3 Kentucky.

Florida Gator Golf

Tourney hosts have a downer
Florida slips from fifth to sixth place on its home course, as Wake Forest finishes on top.

Florida Gator Baseball

Series gimmies are no longer the rule
Fodder from the frozen tundra. That's what these teams usually are when they filter down to Florida this time of year after being cooped up in the gym or indoor batting cages all winter.

Florida 6, Villanova 5 (10)
Brian Leclerc scored on a bases-leaded walk in the 10th inning to propel Florida to a 6-5 win over Villanova on Sunday.

Gators cap series with win in 10th
While the majority of UF's students were away from campus tanning in exotic locations, the No. 8 Gators baseball team hosted six non-conference games, winning five and taking their fourth series win of the season.

Florida Gator Roundup

Defending champs too strong
The No. 6 Florida gymnastics team (12-4, 5-1 SEC) turned in its season-best road score Sunday of 196.65 in front of Pauley Pavilion crowd of 5,088, but No. 4 and two-time defending national champion UCLA (10-3) was too strong on its Senior Day, posting the nation's season-high total of 197.85.

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