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March 18, 2006

Day 3 Notebook

Florida sophomore forward Corey Brewer quickly erased any doubts that a hard collision would affect his game.

Brewer missed the last 11 minutes, 20 seconds of the first half after he collided with Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Joah Tucker on his second foul.

Brewer needed to be helped off the floor and wobbled as he walked to the bench.

When he returned later, he showed little signs of hesitation. He finished with 23 points, 15 after the collision.

He hit almost everything, making nine shots for the first time since early December. Known for his drives, he scored all but one of his baskets on threes or mid-range jumpers off of curls.

"That's as good as I've ever felt on my shot in my college career," Brewer said. "I felt like every time I shot it, it was going in. There's no better time for it to come back than tournament time."

Brewer also helped hound Tucker into missing nine of his first 10 shots, rendering him a non-factor along with Davis.

Hoosiers stifle Morrison

If UCLA or any other tournament team start to rattle Gonzaga star forward Adam Morrison, give an assist to Indiana.

The Hoosiers lost to Morrison and the Bulldogs in the second round on Saturday, but they were able to get under his skin throughout the day and hold him to 14 points. It was the sixth time this season he was held under 20 points.

Morrison's frustration boiled over in the second half when he started jawing with Roderick Wilmont, who was harassing him all game long. The two each received a technical foul.

Gonzaga will play UCLA in the Sweet 16 on Thursday.

Boo birds come out for Eagles

Boston College was favored in its first two tournament games, but the Eagles certainly weren't the fan favorites.

Several Boston College starters remained in at the end of the Eagles' 69-56 second-round win over Montana and drew the ire from a pro-Grizzlies crowd in Salt Lake City. They were booed as they left the court. Boston College guard Tyrese Rice threw his sweatbands into the crowd only to have them thrown back a la a visitor's home run ball at Wrigley Field.

"I thought it was funny because it wasn't the first time that's happened to me," said Rice, who scored 14 points. "We're moving on and they're going home and that's all that. Everywhere we go the crowd is always against us because everybody wants to see the upset."

Another Duke record falls

Lost in the shuffle of Duke guard J.J. Redick's run at the record book is one from Shelden Williams.

With 14 rebounds against George Washington in the second round, Williams now has 1,249 career rebounds, passing Mike Gminski for the most in school history.

He added 17 points and seven blocks against the Colonials on Saturday.

On the same day Williams put himself on top of a Duke record, Redick had an uncharacteristically poor day at the free throw line.

He was 2 of 7 for the first time in his career. He had never missed more than four foul shots in a game. Redick is a career 91.7 percent free throw shooter.

When was the last time he had such a poor day at the line?

"Probably when I was like 8, when I shot two-handed," Redick said. "It was just a weird thing. There's so much going on in the game, and I've just got to concentrate a little bit better."

Stat of the day I

41: Trips to the free throw line for Gonzaga against Indiana. The Bulldogs made 32, including 4 of 7 from Adam Morrison.

Stat of the day II

18: Three-pointers attempted by Tennessee guard Chris Lofton. He made six.

Quote of the day

"When you go in there, you've got to go in strong, or you don't go at all."

-George Washington guard Carl Elliott on facing Duke forward Shelden Williams in the paint.

Top performers of the day

F Shelden Williams, Duke, 19 points, 14 rebounds, seven blocks, 9 for 9 FT

F Corey Brewer, Florida, 23 points, seven rebounds, 9 of 16 FG

F Adrian Tigert, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 27 points, eight rebounds, 11 of 13 FG

F Craig Smith, Boston College, 22 points, 16 rebounds, eight offensive rebounds

F Glen Davis, LSU, 21 points, eight rebounds

F J.P. Batista, Gonzaga, 20 points, 10 rebounds

G P.J. Couisnard, Wichita State, 20 points, nine rebounds, five assists, 4 of 4 3-pt FG

G Brandon Roy, Washington, 21 points, seven rebounds

Compiled by David Fox of Rivals.com. Information from The Associated Press and GatorBait.net contributed to this report.

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