The starter (usually) with uncanny hops was averaging 10.2 points, but had been well below average in actively seeking opportunities against the Gators.
"Yeah, I know," Famutimi said. "The first half I wasn't overly active, and the beginning of the second half, I wasn't active."
But Famutimi came on strong during the last 6:30 of the 82-74 loss in the O'Connell Center, knocking down three treys and a mid-range jumper to finish with 13 points in 22 minutes.
"There were some out of bounds plays where they spotted me for the 3 and some of them were just open," Famutimi said. "I wasn't trying to just jack ‘em. I was taking good shots."
Asked if that would be a trend heading into two key games next week – vs. No. 19 Alabama on Tuesday and at No. 18 Mississippi State on Saturday – Famutimi nodded.
"Yeah, yeah. I'm going to have to start doing that," he said.
For Arkansas coach Stan Heath, who has been trying to get more production from Famutimi and Jonathon Modica (6 points in 20 minutes vs. Florida), that was good to hear.
"One of those guys two guys – or both – needs to have a presence for us, not only on the defensive end, but on the offensive end," Heath said.
"But it was good to see Olu step up in the second half, knock down some shots and be more aggressive. We felt we could take advantage of a matchup problem against Florida, but it never materialized in this game."
After Arkansas freshman forward Charles Thomas fouled out with 13 seconds left, the Florida crowd did the customary chant so often heard when ejected players trudge toward their bench:
"Left, right, left, right – sit down!"
Despite the frustration with the loss, Thomas, who never had experienced the catcall in person, couldn't help but laugh.
"Naw," he said. "It was kind of funny to me."
Not So Happy Return
Junior power forward Rashard Sullivan, a Fort Lauderdale native, is the lone Hog from the Sunshine State.
A couple of his cousins drove up to watch him Saturday, and Sullivan had talked of looking forward to playing in front of them.
Unfortunately, it might not have been worth the trip as Sullivan scored just 2 points to go with 2 rebounds and 3 fouls in 7 minutes.
It sounded preposterous.
Early in the game, Florida fans in the student section of the O'Connell Center began hollering at 6-7 Arkansas sophomore guard Ronnie Brewer, an All-SEC Freshman Team performer last season.
"Our Brewer's better!" the fans called.
Florida's Brewer is 6-8 freshman forward Corey.
By the time Arkansas' Brewer toed the free-throw line with 17:04 left to play, it seemed the entire arena was involved: "Corey's better!" Clap, clap, clap, clap, clap. "Corey's better!" Clap, clap, clap, clap, clap.
Even though it wasn't best game – by far – for Arkansas' Brewer, that sure seemed a stretch.
Arkansas' Brewer scored a game-high 20 points and had 3 steals.
Florida's had 11 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals.
A bizarre sight during a second-half timeout break: A cow vs. an alligator in a dunking contest.
Albert, the Gators mascot, went first, managing a weak toss that missed the basket by several feet.
The cow, Merry Moo, followed with a two-hand reverse slam.
Arkansas entered Saturday's game 10th in the nation in field-goal defense, holding opponents to an average of just 37 percent. But Florida scorched Arkansas at a 59.5 percent clip. ... Arkansas went almost the first three minutes without a score. ... The Hogs' youth has been well-documented, but at one point, the Gators sported four freshmen (Corey Brewer, Tauren Green, Al Horford and Joakim Noah) on Saturday.
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