Hoops Wins 14th Straight With Win Over Arkansas

<b>Gainesville, FL</b> - Freshman guard Anthony Roberson scored a team high 16 points as the fourth ranked Florida Gators (18-2, 7-0 SEC) defeated Arkansas (6-11, 1-5) 77-66 Saturday afternoon in front of a sold-out crowd of 12,386 at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.

"I think you have to give Arkansas a lot of credit," head coach Billy Donovan said. "I think the reason we did not play as well as I would like is because of Arkansas."

Roberson led Florida in scoring for the sixth time this season, shooting 6-of-11 (.545) from the field, including 4-of-8 from three point range. Roberson has made 9-of-his-last-17 from three point range and has made at least one from behind the arc in 10 consecutive games.

In the first half, Florida jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but the Razorbacks answered with a 9-4 run to tie the game at nine at the 15:38 mark in the first half. The Gators made eight of their first 10 (.800) shots from two point range. The Gators went on a 13-6 run to close out the first half, taking a 39-32 halftime lead.

Arkansas stuck with Florida as the Gators took their first double digit lead with 13:24 remaining in the game as Bonell Colas converted a three-point play to push the score to 50-41.

Arkansas guard Jonathon Modica led both teams with a career high 26 points after shooting 7-of-12 from the field and 5-of-6 from behind the three point line. Modica finished the first half with 14 after making 3-of-4 three pointers.

Senior Matt Bonner and sophomore David Lee each scored 13 points. Lee led the Gators in rebounding with eight boards and is averaging 9.7 rebounds in his last three games. Senior guard Justin Hamilton contributed eight points, five assists and two blocked shots.

Florida committed only seven turnovers for the game, with 27 of their points coming off of Razorback turnovers. The Gators committed only two turnovers in the first half, while turning nine Arkansas turnovers into 18 points.

Florida's 18-2 overall record ranks as the best start in school history and their 7-0 SEC record is also the best start in SEC play. improved their record to 18-2, 7-0 in the SEC. With the win the Gators now have 14 consecutive wins, which ties a school record set by last years' squad.

The Gators will travel to Lexington, Ky. to take on No. 7 Kentucky at Rupp Arena Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 9 p.m. on ESPN.

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