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Allen takes it out on his home state again

What does Florida sophomore guard KeVaughn Allen have against his home state of Arkansas? Last week the Gators defeated Little Rock and Allen scored 19 in the win. On Thursday, Allen led all Gators in scoring 21 points to help the Gators (10-3, 1-0 SEC) with their 81-72 win over the University of Arkansas Razorbacks (11-2, 0-1).

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Florida held their own on the boards in a statistic that was big in the game. The Gators and Arkansas both had 37 rebounds each in the contest that saw Florida take a 21-19 lead with 11:02 left in the first half and never relinquish the lead the rest of the game. The Gators extended the lead to 16 points before the final nine point margin to end the game.

Allen led all Gators in scoring with three others adding double digits on the night. Junior forward Devin Robinson poured in 17 points and seven rebounds while senior point guard Kasey Hill added 10 points and sophomore forward Kevarrius Hayes added 10 of his own.

The center combination of Hayes and junior John Egbunu combined for 15 points and seven rebounds as the Gators looked to neutralize the efforts of All-SEC big man who added 13 points and 14 rebounds himself in the game.

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Hayes started again for the injured Egbunu who wasn’t expected to play or do much, but the regular starter in Egbunu was able to go 16 minutes on the night for his five points and 11 rebounds.

The Gators remained a solid ball handling team and turned the ball over just nine times in 40 minute contest.

The Razorbacks had four in double digits led by guard Daryl Macon and his game high 22 points in the contest.

But it was Allen who was the difference maker in this game with his scoring from everywhere on the court. Whether he was flashing to the basket or making his own shot from the arc, Allen was 5-9 from three point land and the streaky shooter was definitely on Thursday night.

Florida entered the contest against Arkansas with the number five RPI ranking, an index used to choose and seed teams for the NCAA Tournament at the end of the season. The Razorbacks came into the contest at number 24 in RPI. This is a quality win on the road for the Gators that can only do big things for the Gators’ RPI as they head into the rest of the season.

UP NEXT: Florida will return home for only the second time all season on January 3, as they host Ole Miss (9-4, 0-1 SEC)in the conference home opener for the Gators.

 


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