UCF 47

(4-1, 0-1 away)

(11) Florida 80

(7-0, 6-0 home)

    12:00 PM ET, December 3, 2005

    Stephen C. O'Connell Center, Gainesville, Florida

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    UCF 23 2447
    #11FLA 36 4480

    Top Performers

    UCF: L. Payne 6 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Blk

    Florida: C. Brewer 25 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 5 Stl

    Gators' Donovan picks up win No. 200

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Corey Brewer had dunks, fast-break layups and 3-pointers. But his favorite play was his lone assist.

    That's not too surprising, especially considering Florida coach Billy Donovan calls this his most unselfish team in 10 seasons.

    Brewer had 25 points, seven rebounds and five steals to lead the 11th-ranked Gators to an 80-47 rout of Central Florida on Saturday.

    "I derive a lot of pleasure watching these kids play," said Donovan, who reached 200 wins quicker than any other coach in school history. "We don't have guys in the locker room talking about not scoring enough points or not getting enough shots. They play the right way. They really do."

    Florida improved to 7-0 for just the third time, joining the 1951-52 and 1984-85 squads. Donovan credits the start -- which came despite Florida losing its top three scorers from last season -- to his team's unselfishness.

    The Gators finished with 21 assists on 31 field goals.

    Al Horford scored a career-high 17 points and added five rebounds and four steals. Joakim Noah had 13 points, five rebounds and five assists.

    Brewer was even better. He was 10-of-14 shooting from the floor and sparked a 29-8 run to open the second half after the Gators started the game with little energy. He also was 2-of-3 from 3-point range and perfect in three attempts from the foul line.

    Brewer was 7-of-8 from the field against Alabama State, making him 17-of-22 shooting in his last two games.

    Donovan said Brewer settled for too many long-range shots earlier in the season. That definitely wasn't the case Saturday as the Gators scored 34 points in the paint.

    Brewer had 15 points in the first 11 minutes of the second half. He had a dunk, a putback, a jumper, a 3-pointer, a layup, a reverse dunk and made a spectacular play on an alley-oop pass from Taurean Green.

    Brewer caught the ball in the air, well short of the basket, and then extended his 6-foot-8 lanky body for another layup.

    "His game is slashing, driving, getting into the lane," Donovan said. "He made some spectacular, athletic plays."

    Brewer's basket gave the Gators their biggest lead, 65-31 with 9:37 to play. They cruised from there.

    Brewer was pretty good defensively, too. He held UCF leading scorer Josh Peppers to four points on 1-of-4 shooting.

    Justin Rose led the Golden Knights (4-1) with 12 points and was the team's player in double figures.

    "Corey is just active," Noah said. "You almost can't bring the ball to his side. That's how much of a defensive presence he is. It messes up their offense."

    UCF coach Kirk Speraw agreed.

    "He creates problems defensively," Speraw said. "He has those long arms and he can get around guys. He is a hard guy to guard because he can shoot over people."

    Donovan downplayed win No. 200, but did point out that he also picked up his first career victory with the Gators against the Golden Knights.

    The 40-year-old coach got his 200th victory in his 292nd game -- 80 games faster than Norm Sloan.

    Sloan, who had two coaching stints at Florida (1960-66 and 1980-89), won 235 games in 15 seasons and reached win No. 200 in his 372nd game.

    "This has been a great place," Donovan said. "It's hard to believe it's been almost 10 years."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 47 80
    FG Made-Attempted 18-43 (.419) 31-59 (.525)
    3P Made-Attempted 2-8 (.250) 6-12 (.500)
    FT Made-Attempted 9-15 (.600) 12-14 (.857)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 40

    2005-06 Season

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