Brewer has hot hand in UF win

Published January 25, 2007

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Corey Brewer scored 20, including five during a game-turning 10-1 run early in the second half, and No. 1 Florida survived a scary Southeastern Conference road game Wednesday by beating Mississippi State 70-67.

The Gators (18-2, 5-0) won their 11th straight with a dominant second half that featured big plays from Brewer and Lee Humphrey, who was scoreless in the first half but scored all eight of his points during a second key run that gave Florida an edge.

Brewer provided the big plays in the first of two key second-half drives and Humphrey drove the 17-2 run that gave the Gators a 56-45 lead with 8:50 remaining.

Brewer was also involved in that spurt, starting the run with a free throw and finishing it with a 3-point shot.

Jamont Gordon scored 17 for the Bulldogs (11-7, 2-3), despite playing with four fouls much of the second half, and two-time reigning SEC freshman of the week Barry Stewart scored 16.

Taurean Green had 11 for the Gators, including a key 3-pointer with less than 4 minutes to play, and Joakim Noah scored 10.

The loss was the 12th straight against a ranked team for the Bulldogs, a streak that began in the 2004-05 season.