|Men's Basketball RESULTS
|Florida 72, Georgia 50
|Arkansas 87, Kentucky 85 (OT)
Florida Tops Georgia in Gainesville
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Georgia men's basketball team suffered its first conference loss of the season Tuesday night, losing to No. 7 Florida, 72-50. The Bulldogs fall to 8-7 on the season and 2-1 in conference play.
Georgia was paced offensively by freshman Juwan Parker who scored a career-high 13 points. Junior Marcus Thornton, who also contributed 11 points, led Georgia on the boards with seven rebounds.
"Give Florida credit, they whooped us," said head coach Mark Fox. "The game was really decided in the first half with our lack of poise offensively. We had 12 turnovers and two handfuls of bad shots at the back of the press and that lack of composure really allowed Florida to build their lead. "
Georgia kept the Gators within arms reach until the home team went on a 26-5 run during a ten-minute stretch in the first half to take a commanding 36-16 lead into the halftime break. The Gators scored 16 points off of 12 first-half Georgia turnovers.
With 12 minutes left in the second half, Thornton connected on a short jumper to cap an 8-2 run by the Bulldogs, shrinking Florida's lead to just 14 points. Georgia, however, couldn't capitalize on a string of defensive stops to cut into the lead any further.
"We had two or three chances in a row to [cut the lead to 12 points]," Fox continued. "If you make those, the whole game can change. But we played very poorly in the first half and Florida's defense was terrific so you have to give them credit."
The Gators were led by Michael Frazier II who scored 21 points. Florida had three other players score in double-figures.
Georgia returns home to square off with Arkansas (11-4, 0-2) on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The game will be televised on SEC-TV. For ticket information, visit Georgiadogs.com.
Arkansas Tops Kentucky in Overtime
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Michael Qualls dunked in a missed shot with 0.2 seconds left in overtime to lift Arkansas past Kentucky 87-85 on Tuesday night at Bud Walton Arena.
With the game tied at 85 and only seconds remaining, Rashad Madden missed a three-pointer, but Qualls was there to stuff it back and give the Razorbacks the victory.
Arkansas appeared ready to win the game in overtime, but Kentucky's Andrew Harrison hit a three-pointer to tie the game with three second remaining to send the game to overtime.
Madden and Qualls led Arkansas with 18 points each. Alandise Harris added 12, and Bobby Portis had 12 points and 11 rebounds.
James Young had 23 points for Kentucky, and Julius Randle had 20 points and 14 rebounds.