March 25, 2006
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Florida's Corey Brewer made one basket in the second half, and he made it count.
Brewer's tiebreaking, falling-down shot and subsequent three-point play with 27.5 seconds left lifted the third-seeded Gators to a 57-53 victory over Georgetown Friday in the Minneapolis Regional semifinals.
Florida (30-6) will play top-seeded Villanova on Sunday in the final, with the winner advancing to next weekend's Final Four in Indianapolis.
Brewer and rest of Florida's super sophomores are erasing memories of the Gators' recent tournament failures. The Gators hadn't been past the second round since 2000.
Joakim Noah had 15 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks in yet another all-around effort. Taurean Green scored 13 points, and Al Horford added 12 points to give the Gators what they needed to get past the tenacious, seventh-seeded Hoyas (23-10).
On a wild possession with a bunch of misses, thanks mostly to Georgetown's swarming interior defense, Brewer was the last one to grab the ball on the right wing. He threw up an off-balance shot that somehow went in as he fell to the court and got fouled by Bowman.
He made the free throw, making it 55-53.
Georgetown had a great chance to take the lead, when Brewer got faked out by Darrel Owens at the top of the key. Owens had a wide-open 3-pointer, but it bounced off the back of the rim. Horford was fouled and made two free throws to make it 57-53 with 6.6 seconds remaining.
Jeff Green led the Hoyas with 15 points, and Ashanti Cook added 12 points - as their team's quest for a Final Four return fell two wins short.