Gator News and World Report (3/25/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Saturday, March 25, 2006. UF faces Villanova; Gators keep cruisin', reach Elite 8; Gators hold off Hoyas; Florida finally fits in all the puzzle pieces; Toughness down the stretch helps Gators, UConn; Big league victories; Gators grind out win over Hoyas and more...

Florida Gator Basketball

UF faces Villanova
MINNEAPOLIS - Courtesy of a remarkable shot from Corey Brewer, Florida is moving on to the Elite Eight. Brewer's short jumper between two defenders with 27.5 seconds to go Friday was the deciding bucket in a 57-53 win over Georgetown before 22,293 in the Metrodome.

Ray, 'Nova looking to take next step this time, not an extra one
Not much went right for Allan Ray in last year's round of 16. The star shooting guard went 2-for-14 from the field in a one-point loss to eventual national champion North Carolina.

Gators in Elite Eight
Florida prefers an up-tempo basketball game, but the Gators showed on Friday night they can also play a slower style, too.

Gators Keep Marching
CBS SportsLine predicted the University of Florida basketball team would bow out in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Athlon's preseason guide guessed the Gators would lose in the first round. Lindy's pegged Florida as an NIT team that would finish fifth out of six teams in the SEC eastern division.

Brewer Finally Late-Game Hero
Corey Brewer tripped. The University of Florida's hero of the moment just knew he'd be a goat for eternity late Friday. The sophomore forward had just made a shot from his back while being fouled, then converted the three-point play with a free throw.

Gators keep cruisin', reach Elite 8
From his rear end, Corey Brewer watched the shot kiss off the backboard and drop through the basket. He leaped to his feet and started screaming, celebrating the biggest basket of his life on the biggest stage of his career.

Gators hold off Hoyas
An ugly, emotional night ended in ecstasy for the Florida Gators. The Final Four could be next.

Florida finally fits in all the puzzle pieces
Now is the time to say it. Friday night, once and for all, was the time to see it. Florida can win the national championship next weekend, and not only because somebody has to win it. The Gators getting past Georgetown in the Sweet 16 round, 57-53, was about as macho as it gets, and thus completes the only spot left blank on the March Madness résumé of Billy Donovan's most balanced team.

Leave it to a Long Island guy who played at Providence to ruin an All-Big East regional final.

Toughness down the stretch helps Gators, UConn
At halftime Friday night in the Metrodome, Billy Donovan jumped on his Florida Gators. Called them out for a faltering start against Georgetown. Called some of them out by name.

Gators' Noah becomes face to embrace
Florida big man Joakim Noah showed off his skills to the Metrodome crowd, and showed why he might be the latest reason to care about college basketball.

Gators grind out win over Hoyas
The best shooting team in the nation missed its average by 20 points. In this kind of mad March, who's counting?

Florida Gator Baseball

South Carolina 4, Florida 1
Arik Hempy gave up just three hits in more than seven innings to lift South Carolina past Florida 4-1 on Friday.

Big league victories
USC's Hempy three-hits SEC foe Florida Arik Hempy was dealing with the best of them. The junior left-hander was stellar in a three-hit performance as No. 7 South Carolina took the opening game of an important early-season SEC series with a 4-1 victory against No. 9 Florida Friday night in front of 3,650 fans at chilly Sarge Frye Field.

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