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Cats Fall at Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Joakim Noah and Taurean Green broke out of slumps just in time to help No. 5 Florida make history.

Noah and Green scored 17 points apiece and the Gators rebounded from consecutive losses to beat Kentucky 85-72 on Sunday, becoming the first Southeastern Conference team to win six in a row against the Wildcats.

The Gators (26-5, 13-3) got behind early again and were tied at halftime, but they used a 13-2 run to open the second half and pulled away down the stretch to finish the season unbeaten at home (18-0).

Noah scored 18 points the last three games and was admittedly playing without his usual passion. He had plenty of energy against the "Kitty Cats," the nickname Noah playfully gave Kentucky this week. He also had 10 rebounds.

Green was 6-of-32 shooting in the last four games -- Florida lost three of those -- and was 3-of-17 from 3-point range. He was much better in the regular-season finale.

Green was 6-of-11 from the floor and 3-of-4 from 3-point range. He added five assists.

He also got plenty of help.

Al Horford, who banged his knee in the second half and briefly left the court, had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Lee Humphrey, one of two scholarship seniors honored before their final home game, made three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points. Walter Hodge was 5-of-5 from the field and had 15 points.

Bobby Perry led Kentucky (20-10, 9-7) with 20 points, but 16 of them came in the first half. Randolph Morris, the team's leading scorer this season, added 13 points.


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