More accurately they shot and laughed shot and laughed and shot and then laughed some more.
The No. 14 Gators buried 13-of-23 3-pointers Saturday night and shot 58.3 percent from the field while throttling the Razorbacks 98-68 before a crowd of 18,913 fans at Bud Walton Arena.
"When you talk about tough days at the office, that was a tough day at the office," Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson said. "We have held serve at home and we have done well. I was totally shocked to see us come out and get behind that fast."
"Obviously it was a perfect storm in a lot of ways. because we got to the free-throw line and we shot the ball very, very well. and our backcourt was really good," Donovan said.
It was the worst loss fever or Arkansas (17-10, 5-7) in 19-year history of the arena as it knocked Auburn's 73-51 win in 2009 off the perch and Florida tied Ole Miss for the most points ever by a visiting team at Bud Walton Arena.
Not evenB.J. Young –and his career-high 31 points could help Arkansas, who has lost four of its last five games and five of seven contests.
"Billy has a dynamite team and they are one of the best three-point shooting teams in the country," Anderson said. "It was on display today. They made open shots, contested shots and it just seemed like we had no answer whether they were going off the dribble or the screen-and-roll."
Senior Erving Walker had 18 of his career-high 28 points in a first half in which Florida (21-6, 9-3) shot 61.5 percent from the field and made 9-of-14 from 3-point range.
Junior Kenny Boynton added 25, Bradley Beal 21 and Eric Murphy 11 for the Gators, who led 55-27 at halftime and 65-38 early in the second half.
"It was just not the Razorbacks' night," Anderson said. "We couldn't make shots, we couldn't get stops and when you don't stop them and you get a team shooting the basketball, that is how you win on the road. You have got to put the ball in the hole and they are an excellent shooting team."
Florida hit 7 3-pointers in a row at one point in the first half.
"They just had a rhythm, a nice rhythm" Anderson said. "It didn't matter whether it what defense we were in - man or zone. They did a good job of making the extra pass. That is what good teams do."
Former Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey, who coached the Razorbacks the previous four seasons, is now a Florida assistant and was greetly warmly by the crowd before the game started.
"John has an incredible and affectionate affinity for this place," F Donavan said. "When things end it is always difficult. I really hope the people here at Arkansas treat him as one of their own. Although on the court it may not have gone the way people would have liked or even the way John would have liked, he is a great guy."
Donovan was happy with the reception given Pelphrey upon his return.
"One thing I have always admired about Arkansas is, you go to some of these places on the road and obviously it gets crazy and out of control in terms of people yelling and screaming at you off the bench, these are by far, in my opinion, some of the classiest fans," Donovan said. "They have a very good basketball knowledge, they cheer well for their team and they love the Hogs."
The Razorbacks shot just 36.8 percent from the field, were 8-of-22 from 3-point range and 18-29 from the free throw line and trailed by as many as 32 points in the second half.
Young - notching his 22nd double-digit scoring effort of the season - was 10-of-19 from the field, 3-of-6 from 3-point land and 8-of-12 from the free throw line.
Devonta Abron had 11 points and was the only other Razorback in double figures.
"I thought he was in attack mode and did a good job against their zone," Anderson said. "I thought BJ was, no question about it, the best player on the court for our basketball team. He has been playing well all year long so it didn't surprise me. He lives for games like this right here, but he just needs some help."
Young had 23 of his 31 points in the second half as Arkansas, which was outscored 45-41 after halftime.
"I felt like my team needed me in a little more attack mode," Young said. "I was kind of just moving the ball around the perimeter in the first half and not in the attack mode and I just wanted to give my team a chance in the second half to do anything. That was what I tried to do."
There was a whopping 50 fouls in the game, much to Anderson's chagrin.
"The physicality took place and we weren't the recipient of calls; I do have a problem with that," Anderson said. "I think the game should be called both ways and I just had a problem with that in some cases today."
Anderson got his first technical of the season in a game where Arkansas had two.
"I thought it was the most disrupt game I have ever been associated with," Anderson said. "The reason I say that is they stopped the play for almost 10 minutes just to say it was a double-technical foul. It was a choppy game. A lot of free throws."
After becoming the first team in school history to win its first 17 games at home, the loss was a bitter one.
"Kind of a shock but man, the way they played they almost had a perfect game," Young said. '" We all can look forward to the next game and try to put work in and try to put this one behind us."
Arkansas will host Alabama on Thursday in its next outing.
Photos by Marc F. Henning
Erving Walker and BJ Young both had career highs of 31 points.
DeVonta Abron tries his luck against Florida power forward Patric Young.
Marvell Waithe and Hunter Mickelson - who now has a freshman record 65 blocks - team up to defend Florida's Kenny Boynton.
Julysess Nobles drives past Boynton.