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Gators Advance to Sweet 16 Thanks to 2nd Half

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ Maybe the Florida Gators make good
adjustments. Maybe they wear down opponents. Maybe they can turn it
on when they need it most.
Or maybe they're just a second-half team.
The defending national champions outscored Jackson State and
Purdue a total of 116-to-70 in the final 20 minutes of their first
two games to advance to the round of 16.
Florida's now 31-and-5.
The Gators used key second-half runs to win both games last
week. They outscored 16th-seeded Jackson State 24-to-8 in the first
five minutes of the second half and finished with a school-record
71 points after the break.
They trailed Purdue by seven points in the first half and were
down 33-29 early in the second. But they put together a 7-0 run,
followed four minutes later by a 10-2 spurt to seize control for
good.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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