M. Hoops Open SEC Play with 82-74 Win Over Ark.

The University of Florida men's basketball team opened its Southeastern Conference play on Saturday afternoon with a win for the fifth-straight season. UF's 82-74 victory also marked its fifth-straight win against the Arkansas Razorbacks. Florida improved to 9-3 on the season, while UA dropped to 13-2.

Entering today's game, Arkansas was 10th in the nation in field goal percentage defense, holding its opponents to just 37.0 percent from the field. The Gators broke down the Hogs' defense and recorded a 59.5 shooting percentage, the sixth time this season UF has shot 55 percent or higher from the floor. And for the second time this year, Florida finished the afternoon with five Gators in double-digit scoring.

Leading the way today for UF was senior forward David Lee, who finished the game with 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Lee opened the game in the first with 3 points for Florida and led the Gators on a 6-0 run before allowing Arkansas to score three minutes into the game. UF put together a 7-0 run later in the half, pushing Florida ahead. The Gators entered the locker room up by five, with a score of 31-26. UF recorded only two turnovers the entire first half.

The game saw two lead changes before the half, until Florida pulled away after the break to take and maintain the lead throughout the game. The 11,021 fans in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center erupted as UF recorded four rebounds, one steal and a block, en route to a 12-0 run over the Hogs. The three-minute streak was lead by sophomore Lee Humphrey, who nailed a trey and went on finished the match-up with 10 points, five assists and four rebounds.

Junior Anthony Roberson was another key Gator in the win over Arkansas, as the guard poured in 15 points and was perfect from the stripe, making 8-of-8. Roberson collected 11 of his 15 points in the second half alone, helping UF to improve from its 45.8 field goal percentage in the first half.

The Gators once again found themselves without the help of junior starter Matt Walsh, who was out with a sprained ankle. But Florida managed to do without Walsh's 16.0 points per game as all five starters finished the day with 10-plus points and at least two rebounds apiece. All Gators, bench or starter, finished the contest with at least three points.

At several times during the game, the Arkansas team found themselves playing against as many as four freshmen at a time. The newcomers added 36 points to the board today and grabbed nine rebounds. Leading the way for the freshman was starter Al Horford who recorded 12 points and three boards for UF. Teammate Corey Brewer also started the game, as the freshman added 11 points, tying his career high in points, and three steals.

Florida will return to SEC action on Wednesday, Jan. 12, as the team travels to Auburn, Ala., to take on the Auburn Tigers. Tip off is slated for 8 p.m.

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