Monday, May 21, 2018
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Florida Gators rout Arkansas Razorbacks 98-68

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Florida made itself right at home in Bud Walton Arena.

Erving Walker scored a career-high 31 as the No. 14 Gators handed Arkansas its first home loss this season, 98-68.

The Gators (21-6, 9-3 SEC) shot a season-high 58.3 percent from the field, making 13 of 23 3-pointers. And it was the fourth win in five road games for Florida, which started the season 0-4 on the road.

Walker scored 18 in the first half on 6 of 7 shooting. The senior, who was 2 of 18 on 3-pointers in his previous four games, hit all four of his attempts during the half.

Walker scored 11 in a row at one point. He opened the stretch with a drive to the basket and followed with three consecutive 3-pointers that helped Florida lead 30-13.

"This is a tough place to play," said Walker, whose previous career high was 27 points two years ago against Arkansas. "We just wanted to come in and grab control early and not let the crowd get into it."

Florida made 9 of 14 3-pointers in taking a 53-27 halftime lead.

"It was a perfect storm," Florida coach Billy Donovan said. "We shot the ball very, very well."

The Razorbacks (17-10, 5-7) entered 17-0 at home this season. But they suffered their worst loss at Bud Walton Arena since it opened in 1993.

"Talk about tough days at the office," Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. "That was a tough day at the office."

The previous worst loss was 73-51 to Auburn in 2009. That team was coached by John Pelphrey, who was fired after last season and now is a Florida assistant.

"This is a big win for us, and we did it for Coach Pel," said Bradley Beal, who scored 21. "We just wanted to make a statement … for him."

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