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Arkansas Shocks No. 2 Florida 80-69

The Gators were 8-0 in SEC play entering Tuesday night's matchup against the Razorbacks, but leave Fayetteville with a loss and a bruised ego.

Playing with a day-old No. 2 ranking and on national television, Florida looked sluggish, out of sync, and completely baffled as to how to stop Arkansas' sharp shooting.

The Razorbacks had all 11 players scoring with Michael Qualls and Marshawn Powell putting up 11 points each. The win puts Arkansas at 5-4 in the conference and their first victory over a top 10 team since early in 2008-09. 

Mike Rosario led the 18-3 Gators with 15 points, while Scottie Wilbekin had 14.

After trailing by as many as 23 points in the first half, the Gators cut the lead to 43-26 at halftime, but could not come out strong to open the second, allowing the Razorbacks to go on a six-point run. Florida responded with a seven-point run, but until the final two minutes, that was as accurate as the Gators were all night. 

Arkansas played very well, finishing the game shooting 49.1 percent from the field to the Gators' 41.1 percent, but more importantly, cinched a signature win the team desperately needed. 

Arkansas hasn't reached the NCAA tournament since 2008, when current Florida assistant John Pelphrey was the Razorbacks' head coach and was 
Arkansas' first victory over a top 10 ranked opponent since victories over No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 7 Texas early in the 2008-09 season, Pelphrey's second year in Fayetteville.

The loss also puts an end to Florida's 10-game winning streak, the longest since 
2008-09. 

Next up, the Gators will reflect on what went wrong as they prepare to host Mississippi State, who they defeated 82-47 on January 26th. 

 


 

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