Brewer's Injury Not Serious
GAINESVILLE - When junior forward Corey Brewer went on a free-fall from above the rim, hit the ground and grabbed his left knee with 1:01 left in Saturday's game against Tennessee, more than 12,000 fans saw Florida's season flash before their eyes.
But fortunately for Florida, coach Billy Donovan said Brewer suffered only a bruised knee, and is expected to practice on Monday.
"He's fine,' Donovan said after the game. "They don't think there's any need for X-rays or anything else, they think he just bruised his knee. He should be able to practice on Monday, they don't see a problem at all. I think he just landed a little bit awkwardly, which probably scared him more than anything else. But he's fine right now, according to the doctors, which is obviously good news.''
So why was Brewer and the rest of the starters on the floor late in the game with a double-digit lead?
Competing, Donovan said, which is why they play the game.
"You have to look at Tennessee's style,'' Donovan said. "I think we were up by 15 at the time. If all of a sudden with over a minute to go, or two minutes to go, you clear the bench and take your starters out, Tennessee didn't concede the game. They pressed all the way to the end. And you're asking guys who haven't played in 40 minutes, you throw them in there and all of a sudden they turn the ball over a couple of times, they knock down a couple of 3's, and now it's 1:20 and it's 9 points (deficit). Then you're dealing with a totally different thing
"My job, my role as a coach is to make sure that we play all the way to the end and the best of our ability,'' Donovan added. "There are certainly times in a game where you feel like it's secure and you know it's okay. With the way Tennessee plays, they continued to press to the end of the game.''