GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Florida Gators struggled mightily at the free throw line Wednesday but were able to overcome their mistakes in posting an overtime victory over unranked Arizona. The Gators had erratic guard play at best and got a big night from the man in the middle to offset their issues.
scored a career-high 25 points, Erving Walker
made huge free throws down the stretch and No. 12 Florida
rallied to beat Arizona
78-72 in overtime Wednesday night.
Walker finished with 14 points, including seven in the extra frame. He overcame a poor shooting night from the field (3 for 16) and a miserable performance from 3-point range (1 for 9).
The Gators (6-2) extended their home winning streak to 11 and won their first resume-building game of the season. They previously lost at Ohio State and Syracuse.
Florida won despite maybe the worst free-throw shooting performance in coach Billy Donovan's 16 seasons. The Gators were 14 of 31 from the charity stripe.
Jesse Perry led the Wildcats (6-3) with 23 points and seven rebounds. Kyle Fogg added 19 points before fouling out in overtime. Nick Johnson and Solomon Hill also fouled out for Arizona.