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‘One Shining Moment’ played once again

Brewer is Gators’ leader

in repeat NCAAvictory

McClatchy Newspapers

ATLANTA — Corey Brewer was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four. But that’s not the entire story.

A year ago, after Florida won the national championship, Brewer was one of four sophomore starters — Joakim Noah (the 2006 Most Outstanding Player), Taurean Green and Al Horford also were in their second seasons as Gators.

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Noah, Green and Horford all had famous fathers, and their families weren’t hurting financially.

But when Brewer decided to come back, he made it possible for his fellow classmates to follow suit.

"If Corey left, we would have followed him out the door," Horford said.

Instead, the Gators followed Brewer to their second consecutive national championships. The 6-9, 185-pound swingman was the key factor in both Florida victories in the Final Four.

Brewer capped his weekend by being named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four as the Gators captured their second consecutive national championship.

"This is what we came back for," Brewer said. "We’re celebrating ... No. 1 ... two in a row ... back to back."

Brewer had 13 points, eight rebounds and three steals in the Gators’ 84-75 victory over Ohio State on Monday night.

On a team known for its balance, Brewer is the one Gator who is an all-around player.

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If Florida needs a 3-pointer, a drive, an assist, a rebound, a steal or a blocked shot, he’s the one who can provide it.

As the "One Shining Moment" video rolled on the Georgia Dome video screens, Brewer had his personal time.

"This is unreal," he said. "One Shining Moment" almost makes you want to cry. This is the second time we’ve got to watch. That’s why you love college basketball, everybody diving on the floor. We’re fortunate to have won two in a row."

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