|Men's Basketball RESULTS
|Arkansas 80, Florida 69
|Kentucky 77, South Carolina 55
Arkansas Knocks Off No. 2 Florida in Fayetteville
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – No. 2 Florida entered Tuesday night’s battle with Arkansas as winners of 10 straight games, but that streak came to screeching halt in Fayetteville thanks to an 80-69 defeat at the hands of the Razorbacks.
Arkansas (14-8, 5-4 Southeastern Conference) got out of the gate quickly, sprinting to a 34-13 lead midway through the first half. By the time halftime rolled around, Florida (18-3, 8-1) found itself in a 17-point hole that it would ultimately be unable to climb out of. The Gators mounted a bit of a run in the second half to bring the game within 14 points, but Arkansas responded with an 8-0 run of its own to blow the lead open once again.
The Razorbacks were extremely hot from the floor, shooting over 70 percent in the early going and rounding out the night with a 49.1 percent shooting mark. BJ Young led the scoring effort for the Hogs with a team-high 13 points to go along with five assists and four rebounds. Marshawn Powell and Michael Qualls added 11 points apiece for Arkansas in the win, while Cot Clarke chipped in with nine points and four boards.
Senior guard Mike Rosario paced the Gators offense with 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting, with Scottie Wilbekin adding 14 points and seven rebounds of his own. The Gators shot 41 percent as a team, but Arkansas turned 16 UF turnovers into momentum building fast break opportunities to keep its lead at a comfortable distance.
Kenny Boynton scored 10 for the Gators while Michael Frazier II scored 11 to go along with nine rebounds. The loss marked the first league defeat of the season for Florida, which trailed by as many as 27 points in the game.
Both teams will be back on the court on Saturday afternoon, with Arkansas tipping off against Vanderbilt at 1:30 p.m. Eastern and Florida facing Mississippi State at 5 p.m.
Kentucky Uses Stellar Shooting to Down South Carolina
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky welcomed South Carolina to Rupp Arena on Tuesday night and sent the Gamecocks home from the Bluegrass State with a 77-55 loss. Kentucky ended the first half on a 27-6 run to blow the game open and did not look back from there.
The Wildcats (16-6, 7-2 Southeastern Conference) came out red hot on their home floor, knocking down 68 percent of their field goals in the opening half en route to a 21-point lead at the break. Kentucky would cool down from there, but not by much, finishing the night with a 61 percent shooting mark and a 62.5 percent mark from 3-point range.
Julius Mays had a big night for Big Blue, pouring in 15 points to lead the Wildcat scoring effort against the Gamecocks (12-10, 2-7). Archie Goodwin (13) also scored in double figures from the starting lineup, with Willie Cauley-Stein chipping in 13 in reserve action. Ryan Harrow added 12 points for UK, while Nerlens Noel earned another double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Kentucky turned in an impressive defensive outing to go along with its hot shooting night, holding South Carolina to just 28 percent from the field as a team. Michael Carrera led the scoring initiative for USC, dropping in a game-high 18 points to go along with five boards. No other Gamecocks managed to crack into double-figures in the scoring column on the evening.
Kentucky will be back in action on Saturday when it faces Auburn, while South Carolina will try to regroup before its next contest on Sunday against Tennessee.