Gator News and World Report (3/2/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Thursday, March 2, 2006. Noah saves UF; With family in stands, Noah picks up team; This year, Gators plan longer stay; Bulldogs couldn't find answer for UF's Noah; Grand game for grandfather; Consistency key to Gators' hopes; Noah Puts On A Show; Gators, Bulldogs Tangle In Women's Tourney; Noah's 37 powers Florida; Im-Peck-able Improvement; Gators look to make a showing in SEC tourney; Noah is a nightmare for Dogs and more...

Florida Gator

Noah saves UF
Even with a superhuman effort from 6-foot-11 forward Joakim Noah, Florida found itself in a familiar anxious situation Wednesday night.

With family in stands, Noah picks up team
e saw them come in, late but early. The flight wasn't supposed to land in time to see much of the game but they saw three quarters of it.

Bulldogs couldn't find answer for UF's Noah
Georgia's Mike Mercer contemplated Joakim Noah's 22 free throw attempts for a second. Then he put it in perspective.

Gators beat Georgia, 77 - 66
Joakim Noah had a career-high 37 points and 11 rebounds, helping No. 17 Florida beat Georgia 77-66 Wednesday night and snap a three-game losing streak.

Grand game for grandfather
Billy Donovan's best coaching move over the next few days might be calling his wife and asking her to fix up the spare bedroom in their home.

Noah Puts On A Show
The pair of dreadlocked men walked into the O'Connell Center about 15 minutes after tip-off Wednesday. Joakim Noah spotted them immediately.

Noah's 37 powers Florida
From Section D-2, third row from the railing, Yannick Noah and Zach Noah waved toward their boy at halfcourt. There, fresh off scoring a career-high 37 points against visiting Georgia, stood Joakim Noah, pointing and screaming back at his father and grandfather.

Noah scores 37 in Gators' win
Joakim Noah's best moment during a career night took place on the Florida Gators' bench. Noah caught his breath and scanned the crowd early in the first half of a 77-66 win against Georgia. Suddenly, the inspiration for a 37-point, 11-rebound night strolled into the O'Connell Center 15 minutes late.

Noah family reunion
Sophomore Joakim Noah scored a career-high 37 points in front of his father, Yannick, and his grandfather, Zacharie.

UF improves to seal close game
Late-game execution, offensive rebounding and sub-par shooting plagued the Gators during their three-game losing streak.

Gators throttle 'Dawgs
Early in the first half, Joakim Noah looked into the stands at the O'Connell Center and was shocked to spot his father, former French Open tennis champion Yannick Noah, and his grandfather, 69-year-old Zacharie Noah from Cameroon, waving to him from the second level.

Noah is a nightmare for Dogs
A Florida student disguised as the grim reaper pointed a steely index finger and summoned Georgia's starters during pre-game introductions Wednesday night.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

This year, Gators plan longer stay
carolyn Peck was reading a story on a popular sports Web site earlier this week. It said Florida could be the most schizophrenic team heading into the postseason. Peck, of course, saw a positive in that.

Consistency key to Gators' hopes
lorida knows who it is playing today in the Southeastern Conference Women's Basketball Tournament. The Gators also know where they are playing (Alltel Arena in North Little Rock, Ark.), and when they are playing (7:30 p.m.). But what they don't know is which Florida team will take the court against No.12 seed Mississippi State.

Gators, Bulldogs Tangle In Women's Tourney
Carolyn Peck hoped she wouldn't find a dogpile when she opened the door Sunday to the visitor's locker room at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Im-Peck-able Improvement
If you look close enough, you might see him sitting away from the excitement, tucked into a corner behind the north basket at the O'Connell Center.

Vandy alum Peck has Gators peaking
Florida coach and former Vanderbilt standout Carolyn Peck has the Gators rolling as they prepare to face Mississippi State in the first round of the SEC Tournament.

Gators look to make a showing in SEC tourney
Trying to figure out which team will show up, Florida's women Gators play Mississippi State tonight in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament at North Little Rock, Ark.

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