Gators Silence Bulldogs in SEC Tourney

ATLANTA (AP) _ After a sluggish finish to the regular season,
the Florida Gators started the postseason as if they're fully
capable of winning another national title.
Number Six Florida scored the first 17 points of the game, built
a 25-point lead before halftime and romped to a 74-to-57 victory
over Georgia in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference
tournament tonight.
Taurean Green scored 19 points to lead the Gators (27-5), but
this was a devastating group effort by a team that looked
vulnerable when it closed February by losing three of four.
Florida opened March with a win over Kentucky, and the Gators
are hoping that a third straight S-E-C tournament title will be
enough to lock up a top seed in the N-C-A-A field.
Georgia (18-13), which hasn't been to the N-C-A-As since 2002,
was looking to bolster its credentials with an upset of the Gators.
The Bulldogs didn't even come close, likely ensuring a trip to the
National Invitation Tournament.
Takais Brown as Georgia's top scorer with 12 points.

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