Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gators in Elite Eight; Brewer's Late Three-Point Play Lifts Florida over Georgetown

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gators in Elite Eight; Brewer's Late Three-Point Play Lifts Florida over Georgetown

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Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO

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

Florida beat Georgetown 57-53 front of 22,293 at the Metrodome, and the Gators did it without running, without hitting a lot of transition 3-pointers, and without lighting up the scoreboard.

They did it by out-lasting Georgetown's patient, Princeton-style offense and playing solid defense.

Their reward is a 5:05 p.m. Sunday tipoff against Villanova, a 60-59 winner over Boston College earlier in the evening, for a berth in the Final Four.

The Gators -- who set a school record with their 30th victory (30-6) -- squeaked out the win thanks to an acrobatic three-point play by forward Corey Brewer with 27.5 seconds remaining. Brewer grabbed an offensive rebound, drove into the lane, spun to his right, and put up a shot as he got fouled and fell to the floor.

The ball somehow scraped over the top of the rim and fell through to give UF a 54-53 lead. Brewer added the free throw and UF led 55-53.

Darrel Owens missed a 3-pointer with less than 10 seconds remaining, and Al Horford was fouled in the scrum for the rebound. He hit both free throws to seal the victory.

Florida built a six-point lead with a 10-0 run to begin the second half , but Georgetown rallied and eventually took a 44-42 lead with 7:23 remaining. Brandon Bowman culminated a 6-0 run that got the Hoyas that lead with a one-handed dunk.

Georgetown tied the game at 49-49 on Owens' 3 --pointer with 3:24 to play, and took a 51-49 lead on a drive by Brandon Bowman.

UF went ahead 52-51 on Lee Humphrey's 3-pointer from the right corner, but Georgetown (23-10) responded on Ashanti Cook's jumper with 1:51 to play for a 53-52 lead.

Florida trailed 30-28 at the half, but that was after the Gators had rallied from a nine-point deficit. …

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