Frustrated Townes Attacks Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Darian Townes caught a pass from Charles Thomas, took a step in the lane and threw down a two-handed dunk over Corey Brewer while getting fouled by the Florida forward.

Considering how the past few days have gone for Townes, it appeared as if the Arkansas forward was taking out his frustrations on the No. 2 Gators on Tuesday night.

He called for the basketball in the low post, played with a constant scowl on his face and showed a mean streak that has often been lacking from the junior's game. But it wasn't enough.

Townes capped what has been a personally rough seven-day stretch by coming off the bench to score a game-high 18 points and grab a game-high 10 rebounds in a 79-72 loss in the O'Connell Center.

"Every day you have to bring something new to the table. You can't keep doing the same thing," Townes said. "So I just wanted to come in this game and go right at (Florida's) Joakim Noah, Al Horford and Chris Richard.

"That's my new style, is to play aggressive and try to get to the free throw line."

With fellow forward Charles Thomas and center Steven Hill forced to sit because of early foul trouble, Townes stepped up and provided the Razorbacks with low-post presence when their outside shots weren't falling.

Despite being double-teamed at times by Florida's talented big men, Townes threw his 6-foot-10, 254-pound frame around in the paint. He scored 11 points in the second half, including his two-handed dunk over Brewer while getting fouled with 11 minutes, 8 seconds remaining.

The three-point play cut Florida's lead to 53-51, and Arkansas took its only lead when guard Patrick Beverley drained a 3-pointer on the next possession.

"He's one of those guys that, to me, sometimes it's either feast or famine with him," Florida coach Billy Donovan said of Townes. "He's one of those guys that, all of a sudden, is quiet out there during the course of the game.

"And then there is other times where you sit there and say, 'Geez, wow, he makes some unbelievable post moves.'"

It has been an eventful week for Townes. He was sent to the locker room early in last Tuesday's 68-59 win over Tulsa after getting into a heated argument with Arkansas coach Stan Heath. The junior responded Saturday by scoring eight points and blocking four shots in a surprising 88-61 win over No. 14 Alabama.

But just when it appeared that things were turning around for Townes, he was involved in a car accident Monday while heading to the airport to leave for Gainesville.

"You know, the past week was tough for me," Townes said. "I just shrugged it off, and I was just more focused to come here and play Florida."

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