Florida 71, Arkansas 66 (Final)
Arkansas could never get any closer than the four points coming out of the timeout. Marshawn Powell missed a 3-pointer that would have pulled the Hogs within one.
Erving Walker scored 27 points to lead the Gators. Rotnei Clarke had 17 points to lead Arkansas, followed by 14 points from both Powell and Courtney Fortson, who also had 11 assists. Mike Washington added 11 points.
The loss drops Arkansas to 8-10 overall on the season and 1-2 in conference play. Florida improves to 13-5 overall and 2-2 in the SEC.
Arkansas returns to the court Saturday afternoon with a 3 o'clock tip-off at No. 2 Kentucky.
Florida 67, Arkansas 63 (46.3 second half)
Arkansas hit a dry spell at the very worst of times. The Hogs didn't hit a shot over a 4:02 stretch while Florida went on a 9-0 run to take its largest lead of the game at 64-56.
Clarke scored 11 straight points for the Razorbacks, including three consecutive 3-pointers to give Arkansas a 56-55 lead with 6:47 remaining.
Arkansas didn't hit its next basket until the 2:45 mark, however, on a Washington lay-up. The two teams then traded 3-point baskets and the Gators led by six points.
Powell's dunk with 1:24 pulled Arkansas to where it now. The Hogs will have the ball out of the timeout, which is actually a media timeout.
Florida 51, Arkansas 50 (7:49 second half)
This has been a very entertaining game since the call that put Washington on the bench.
There have been two ties and five lead changes in the last three minutes. Clarke's 3 with 8:45 left put the Hogs up 50-48 but Florida has since answered with three unanswered to take the lead.
Florida 40, Arkansas 38 (11:25 second half)
One can't help but wonder if this could be Arkansas-Florida officials part 2. There have been some pretty questionable calls here in the second half, including a foul on Mike Washington heading into the timeout. It was his fourth of the game.
Washington has been hard to stop thus far in the second half. Seven of his nine points have come after the break, including a pair of baskets that each briefly tied the game.
Florida 34, Arkansas 30 (15:58 second half)
Florida hit a pair of 3-pointers out of the locker rooms, but Arkansas has countered to pull within four at the first media timeout. Mike Washington will go to the free throw line for the third time this half when play resumes.
Containing Erving Walker will be key for the Razorbacks in the second half. He hit a deep 3-pointer as the shot clock expired earlier in this half and has 18 points for the game.
Powell and Washington seem to have an advantage on the inside for the Razorbacks. It'll be interesting to see how much Arkansas utilizes that.
Florida 28, Arkansas 26 (Halftime)
A basket by Erving Walker with three seconds left before the break has given Florida a 2-point halftime lead.
Neither team shot the ball particularly well in the first half with the Gators going 7 of 27 and the Razorbacks hitting 10 of 27 shots.
Arkansas took a 24-19 lead on back-to-back 3-pointers from Glenn Bryant but Florida used a 9-2 run to end the half to take the lead.
Walker leads Florida with 13 points at halftime. Marshawn Powell has scored eight points for the Razorbacks and Rotnei Clarke and Glenn Bryant added six points. Courtney Fortson has five assists at the break.
Florida 18, Arkansas 16 (5:59 first half)
First off, apologies for the delay in getting the blog started. We've had some computer troubles on press row as there is actually a leak in the roof directly above us. The updates could be spotty tonight.
Arkansas got off to a hot start, taking a 9-6 lead at the first media timeout. Both teams have struggled to do much since that time.
Rotnei Clarke has been the spark plug for the Razorbacks with a pair of 3-pointers early on. Both teams are struggling shooting, though. The Hogs are just 7 of 21 (33.3 percent) and the Gators are 6 of 20 (30 percent).
Erving Walker is leading Florida with eight points.
Florida 71, Arkansas 66 (Blog)
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