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Florida 72

(10-4, 0-4 away)

(25) Florida State 74

(10-3, 6-1 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 28, 2010

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    FLA 37 3572
    #25FSU 39 3574

    Top Performers

    Florida: J. Jones 14 Pts, 2 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

    Florida St: C. Ward 20 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast, 4 Stl

    Seminoles nip Gators to avoid losing third straight

    Associated Press

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Cierra Bravard's two free throws with 30 seconds left lifted Florida State (No. 23 ESPN/USA Today, No. 25 AP) to a 74-72 victory over Florida on Tuesday.

    Bravard, Florida State's scoring leader, finished with 10 points. Her three-point play less than a minute earlier gave the Seminoles (10-3) a short-lived 71-70 lead.

    Jaterra Bonds driving jumper gave the Gators a 72-71 lead.

    Courtney Ward scored 20 points, including a final free throw with a tenth of a second left, and freshman Natasha Howard added 17 points and 10 rebounds for her second career double-double for the Seminoles, who narrowly avoided losing three straight games for the first time since the 2003-04 season.

    Jordan Jones hit 4-of-6 3-pointers to lead Florida (10-4) with 14 points. Bonds added 11 points and a game high seven assists and Deana Allen finished with 10.

    Christian Hunnicutt's steal and layup gave the Seminoles a 39-37 halftime lead. There were seven ties and five lead changes in the first half.

    The Gators jumped to an early 10-3 lead, but Florida State took the lead at 19-16 on Bravard's three-point play and the Seminoles opened their biggest lead of the half at 33-27 on Alexa Deluzio's 3-point basket. Deluzio also finished in double figures with 10 points.

    The Seminoles opened a 51-41 lead on Bravard's jumper with 17:12 left, but Florida went on 20-5 run and went up 61-56 midway through the second half.

    Florida got back into the game by dominating the boards in the second half and finished with a 39-31 rebound advantage.

    Florida State was coming off successive losses for the first time in two years. It was their first game since a loss at UConn last week, when the Huskies recorded an NCAA-record 89th straight victory with a 93-62 win.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    FLA
    FSU
    Points 72 74
    FG Made-Attempted 30-62 (.484) 28-63 (.444)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-15 (.533) 3-13 (.231)
    FT Made-Attempted 4-6 (.667) 15-20 (.750)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 8 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 7 10

    Game Leaders

     
    FLA
    FSU
    PointsJ. Jones 14C. Ward 20
    ReboundsA. Stewart 9N. Howard 10
    AssistsJ. Bonds 7C. Hunnicutt 6
    StealsJ. Jones 2C. Ward 4
    BlocksJ. George 3C. Bravard 3

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