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Florida Gators win 71-66 at Arkansas Razorbacks

Florida sophomore guard Erving Walker drives around Arkansas’ Marcus Britt during the second half. Walker shot 7-of-12 overall, 5-of-6 on 3-pointers.

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Florida sophomore guard Erving Walker drives around Arkansas’ Marcus Britt during the second half. Walker shot 7-of-12 overall, 5-of-6 on 3-pointers.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Erving Walker scored 27 points, and Florida went on a 9-0 run late in the second half to pull away for a 71-66 win over Arkansas on Thursday night.

Rotnei Clarke scored 17 for Arkansas (8-10, 1-2 SEC) and made three 3-pointers during the second half. The last one put the Razorbacks ahead 56-55 before the decisive run by the Gators (13-5, 2-2).

Florida shot only 36 percent but hurt Arkansas on the boards with 12 second-chance points, all in the second half. Florida outrebounded Arkansas 42-29 and finished with 17 offensive rebounds. The Gators also had only seven turnovers.

"When you get a chance to get to the boards, usually it means it's a score or a foul," Florida coach Billy Donovan said.

The Razorbacks were coming off a win over Alabama in which they outrebounded the Crimson Tide 40-27. It was a different story Thursday.

"Just because you did it one night doesn't mean you'll do it the next," Arkansas coach John Pelphrey said.

Kenny Boynton added 13 points for the Gators, and Alex Tyus scored 11 with 12 rebounds.

Marshawn Powell scored 14 for Arkansas.

Florida led 67-58 after a 3-pointer by Walker. The Razorbacks answered with a 3-pointer by Courtney Fortson and a dunk by Powell. Tyus traveled with 46.3 seconds remaining, but Powell missed from the outside, and the Razorbacks had to foul.

Walker scored 15 in the first half, making all four of his field-goal attempts, three from 3-point range. The 5-foot-8 sophomore was 7-of-12 from the field and 5-of-6 on 3-pointers.

Clarke went 6-of-12 and 5-of-9 from 3-point range. Powell was 7-of-10 from the field but didn't get the ball much near the end.

Fortson finished with 14 points and 11 assists.

Florida led 28-26 at halftime and opened the second half with 3-pointers by Walker and Boynton. Arkansas responded with a 10-2 run to tie it.

Mike Washington, who scored two in the first half for the Razorbacks, finished with 11 after battling foul trouble.

After falling behind on Clarke's last 3-pointer, Florida tied it on a free throw by Chandler Parsons. Walker then scored four straight, and Vernon Macklin and Boynton added a basket apiece to make it 64-56.

The Razorbacks were outscored 14-0 in fastbreak points and 13-3 in points off turnovers.

Florida 71

Arkansas 66

Florida Gators win 71-66 at Arkansas Razorbacks 01/21/10 [Last modified: Friday, January 22, 2010 12:37am]

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