Gators Claim Back-to-Back Basketball Titles

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Superior outside shooting and Al Horford's presence inside led Florida to an 84-75 win over Ohio State in college basketball's national championship game.

The Gators are the first team to repeat as national champs since Duke in 1991-92. They did it with the same starting five.

Horford had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Gators and Taurean Green added 16 points. Corey Brewer had 13 points and eight rebounds and was named the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player.

The Gators sank ten of their 18 three-pointers with Lee Humphrey draining four from behind the arc. He finished with 14 points. Joakim Noah added eight points and three rebounds.

Ohio State lost despite Greg Oden's best game in the tournament. The freshman center stayed out of foul trouble and finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds in 38 minutes.

Florida completes a championship sweep in the university's two biggest sports -- men's hoops and football. The Gators routed the Buckeyes 41-14 in the BCS title game on January 8 in Glendale, Arizona.

Florida remains the only program in history to hold both championships at the same time.

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