No. 17 Florida 77, Georgia 66

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Joakim Noah had a career-high 37 points and 11 rebounds, helping Number 17 Florida beat Georgia 77-to-66 Wednesday night and snap a three-game losing streak.

Noah scored on layups, dunks, putbacks, even a baseline drive. He was 19-of-22 from the free throw line, breaking Neal Walk's school record for free throws made. Walk made 18 in 1968.

In short, the Bulldogs had no answer for the 6-foot-11 sophomore forward and son of tennis great Yannick Noah.

Noah came off the bench for the first time this season as Florida's lone senior, Adrian Moss, started his final home game. But he provided an instant spark.

Noah drew a foul and made both free throws for the team's first points. He rolled from there, draining his first 12 free throws.

He was 9-of-14 from the field and scored the most points by a Florida player since Vernon Delancy had 38 against Alabama in 1981.

The Gators (23-6, 9-6 Southeastern Conference) needed his effort, too. The rest of the team was 14-of-34 from the field.

Florida led most of the way, but Georgia (15-13, 5-10) used a 6-0 run to cut the deficit to 67-63 with 3:14 remaining.

Mike Mercer scored 16 points for the Bulldogs, who have lost five of six.

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